Hurricane-force Storm Hits Brazil
The crew of the International Space Station photographed the cyclone making landfall on the southern Brazilian state of Catarina -- the storm has been unofficially dubbed "Hurricane Catarina".
The South Atlantic Basin has only seen two tropical cyclones, but no hurricanes. However, the last week in March, a circulation center well off the coast of southern Brazil developed tropical cyclone characteristics and continued to intensify as it moved westward.
The system developed an eye and apparently reached hurricane strength on Friday, March 26, before eventually making landfall late on Saturday, March 27, 2004.
Image credit: NASA/International Space Station crew.
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