NASA’s historic spaceport in Florida, the Kennedy Space Center, has received the “all clear” after a glancing blow from Hurricane Dorian Wednesday (Sept. 4).

Hurricane Dorian, currently a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, drenched the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral with torrents of rain and brutal winds as its outer layers blew past the spaceport overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday. A damage assessment team will begin reviewing the storm’s impact to the center on Thursday.

KSC officials closed the spaceport last week as Dorian, then a harrowing Category 5 storm, threatened to hit Florida’s east coast. The storm has since weakened and turned north, avoiding a head-on hit to Florida. Still, a 120-member “Ride Out Team” has been encamped inside the center’s Launch Control Center since Monday (Sept. 2) to monitor the storm’s impact, NASA officials said. Members of the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing also rode out the storm at the launch center, the space agency said.

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Security officials raise the American flag over the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39 in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 4, 2019 after a glancing blow from Hurricane Dorian.

Security officials raise the American flag over the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39 in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sept. 4, 2019 after a glancing blow from Hurricane Dorian.

“Data from our 250-foot tower clocked the top wind speed at 90 mph (145 km),” KSC officials said in a Twitter update. “The closest approach Dorian’s eye [made] to the Cape was 70 nautical miles (130 km).”

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