Shocking extent of Hurricane Harvey rainfall shown by NASA satellites

At least 3.6 million bpd of refining capacity are offline in Texas and Louisiana. File

At least 3.6 million bpd of refining capacity are offline in Texas and Louisiana. File

The video was taken Friday evening over the Gulf of Mexico.

It later downgraded to a tropical storm. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on Friday and although its wind speeds lessened to Tropical Storm status, it stalled over Texas and has been producing epic amounts of rain.

Those three crewmembers are NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin.NASA has also canceled a press conference with Whitson, scheduled for today (Aug. 30), since the Johnson Space Center would be unable to support the event due to Harvey's effects.

The essential personnel riding out the storm at JSC include the team responsible for NASA's International Space Station (ISS) operations.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Tuesday that its Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston will remain closed to non-mission essential personnel, due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

The JSC in Houston has been closed to all non-critical staff from 27 August and will remain closed on 29 August. Randy Bresnik, a NASA astronaut living on the station, tweeted a photo of sunrise and wrote, "Houston is reporting blue sky for the first time in many days! Here's a prayer for family, friends and everyone in Hurricane Harvey's path - stay safe", astronaut Jack Fischer, now in the ISS, posted photos of the storm on his Twitter, when orbiting over hurricane Harvey.

The space agency's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard its Aqua satellite beamed back images of storm clouds looming above Dallas, while data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite created the before and after images you see in the tweet above. Torrential rain has been pouring down in the area as well as Greater Houston, resulting in heavy flooding and damages.

According to the US National Weather Service, one location recorded nearly 1,270mm of rainfall, which would make it the largest quantity of water measured since records began in the state, breaking the previous record set in 1979. On average, southwest Louisiana and nearby areas are expected to receive 3 to 6 inches (8 cm to 15 cm) of rainfall as Harvey moves north, but isolated areas could receive as much as 10 inches (25 cm), according to the agency.

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