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NASA satellites provide a clear picture of Hurricane Ike's inland flooding. Four days after Hurricane Ike swept ashore over the U.S. Gulf Coast, the clouds cleared enough for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), on NASA’s Terra satellite, to view the storm’s impact. Taken on September 17, 2008, the top image shows a wide swath of coastal flooding, not present on September 7, before Ike came ashore. In this type of image, made by combining infrared and visible light, water is black or dark blue, easily visible against the surrounding landscape. If seen in visible light alone, the way a person would see it, the flooded region and the surrounding land, would blend together in shades of brown. The images show the extent of coastal flooding. From east to west, this image stretches from Vermilion Bay, Louisiana, to East Bay (the eastern arm of Galveston Bay near Houston), Texas, a distance of about 275 kilometers (171 miles).
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Holli Riebeek, NASA's Earth Observatory, and Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA/MODIS Rapid Response; LAADS; Jesse Allen
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA): Hurricane Season 2008: Tropical Storm Ike (Atlantic Ocean)
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