A transport plane dropped a team of paratroopers to the site to make first contact with the crew, while helicopters were dispatched to pick up the astronauts. NASA officials now must decide how or whether to maintain a USA presence on the $100 billion orbital research laboratory as Roscosmos investigates the cause of the rocket's malfunction.
On Thursday, Michael was drenching the Carolinas with heavy rains as it headed toward the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm. "Across the Southside, closest to the storm, rainfall amounts will likely be in the 3-5" range with locally higher amounts up to 6".
Nadine is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 miles per hour (15 kph), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight. Hurricane-force winds extended up to 45 miles (75 kilometres) from Michael's centre at the height of the storm.
A spokesperson for the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said the man was in his mid-40s and had been at home with his wife, who authorities are now trying to reach. If Hurricane Florence was a slow-motion train wreck , Hurricane Michael is a 4-ton wrecking ball. The storm had picked up steam as it sped across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle .
Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm Wednesday ahead of its landfall and could cause " potentially catastrophic " damage to the state of Florida's panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S.in almost 50 years. Before landfall, Michael's pressure fell so low it looked like the winds were sure to pick up fast, said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for weathermodels.com.
But after the failure last week, the Hubble is now left with only two fully-operational gyros. Osten said the team knew the gyroscope issue was imminent, but she sounds confident about overcoming this latest obstacle to Hubble's continuing operation.