The awesome power of nature as seen from space: NASA video shows Hurricane Matthew sweeping across the Caribbean
- Fierce storm can be seen swirling near Haiti from 250 miles above earth
- Swirling mass of cloud was filmed from the International Space Station
- Hurricane Matthew is forecast to move towards Cuba and perhaps Florida
Churning through the warm waters of the Caribbean, this is the destructive power of Hurricane Matthew captured 250 miles above earth.
Filmed on cameras next to the International Space Station, the footage shows a mass of cloud gathered around the swirling centre of the weather system.
The Category 4 storm drenched Haiti's south-east coast on Monday, with 430,000 people evacuated due to life-threatening winds and rain.
Churning through the warm waters of the Caribbean, this is the destructive power of Hurricane Matthew captured 250 miles above earth
Today, Matthew is expected to pound the western tip of the island, blighting the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 145-mile-per-hour winds.
The storm is forecast to move towards eastern Cuba late Tuesday and near or over portions of the Bahamas on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said the heavy rains in Haiti could lead to 'a death toll in the thousands'.
Seven hundred military family members were evacuated from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba over the weekend.
The Department of State has authorized family members of US government employees to depart the Bahamas, and has issued a travel warning for the area.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all counties in the state.
He said on Monday that Hurricane Matthew was 'not currently projected to directly impact Florida' but warned that the track could change at any time.
Filmed on cameras next to the International Space Station, the footage shows a mass of cloud gathered around the swirling centre of the weather system
If the storm changes track, it could hit the Sunshine state as early as Wednesday and last through Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Centre
If the storm changes track, it could hit the Sunshine State as early as Wednesday and last through Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Centre.
There are currently no evacuation orders for Florida.
Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist, said: 'We are looking at a dangerous hurricane that is heading into the vicinity of western Haiti and eastern Cuba.
'People who are impacted by things like flooding and mudslides hopefully would get out and relocate because that's where we have seen loss of life in the past.'
Strong winds from the storm may be able to be felt in North Carolina on Thursday night and Friday morning, said Governor Pat McCrory.
He has declared a state of emergency in 66 counties in eastern and central parts of the state.
The storm drenched Haiti's south-east coast on Monday, with 430,000 people evacuated. This boy tried to shelter from the rain at Les Cayes, Haiti
People stand on the coast watching the surf produced by Hurricane Matthew. It is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history
Matthew is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history.
It briefly reached the top classification, Category 5, becoming the strongest hurricane in the region since Felix in 2007.
The US hurricane center said the storm appeared to be on track to pass east of Florida through the Bahamas.
The center said it was too soon to predict with certainty whether it would threaten the East Coast.
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