Less than one year after the Space Center and the entirety of eastern Florida benefited from a last-minute wobble to the east of Major Hurricane Matthew – a wobble that kept the severity of the anticipated destruction offshore – the iconic spaceport and majority of Florida are now bracing for the arrival and potential severe to catastrophic damage of Major Hurricane Irma, already the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
On the coast, being ever prepared for a hurricane:
Situated on Florida’s East Coast, the direct effect of hurricanes is a well-known and planned for event at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
Most recently, this was seen last year in October during the approach and grazing of KSC and CCAFS by Major Hurricane Matthew.
While Matthew’s initial centerline track predicted the storm would pass directly over or just barely to the east of KSC and CCAFS, a last-minute wobble to the east in the storm’s position kept the storm several dozen miles off the Cape and eastern Florida – keeping a majority of the anticipated damaging winds forecasted prior to the storm’s ...