Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 18, 1999
STATUS REPORT : S-19991018

NASA conducted a preliminary damage assessment of Kennedy Space Center late Saturday after the passage of Hurricane Irene. The center of the storm passed approximately 35 miles east of Cape Canaveral at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

The highest sustained wind velocity measured during the storm was 69 mph (60 knots) with a peak gust to 83 mph (72 knots) recorded at the wind tower near Complex 41. However, a sampling of other wind towers around the Complex 39 area showed the average sustained wind to be approximately 65 mph (56 knots). Total rainfall for the storm at KSC was 6.48 inches

Most of the damage sustained was similar in nature to that from Hurricane Floyd. There is damage to trailers, modular buildings, storage sheds and other structures of light construction. Trees and various signs are blown over with traffic lights malfunctioning, a few blown off their pedestals.

Some additional siding panels were lost from the Vehicle Assembly Building. There were no problems within the building. There is light roof damage at the Launch Control Center and there was some minor leakage. This is also the case with various other buildings around KSC. There was some water intrusion under the OPF hangar doors from blowing rain but no roof leakage around the orbiters. There was some water intrusion in the payload changeout room at Pad 39-B but no damage to either Pad A or Pad B.

There was no damage or leakage at the Space Station Processing Facility and work resumed there Saturday night. There was some minor roof leakage at the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility where the HST 3A payload is located. The flight hardware was covered and elevated for the storm and not at risk.

At the Visitor Complex, no tours were run Saturday and the facility closed to visitors at Noon. Some siding panels were lost from the IMAX Theater during the storm and there was some minor leakage in various facilities.
As a precaution, NASA management directed that no scheduled work be performed at KSC from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. As there is minimal processing activity scheduled on weekends, only about 250 people were affected.


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