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This is a simulated weather bulletin for the JSC Hurricane exercise. There is no storm in the gulf at this time.

Hurricane Charade made landfall on Galveston Island at 7AM CDT this morning.  At 10 AM CDT the center of Hurricane Charade was located only a few miles west of JSC.  Winds at JSC Building 30 gusted to 105 mph at 8:58 AM but have now become light and variable as the eye passes overhead.  Winds should pick up in intensity to near hurricane strength again for about the next 1 to 2 hours as Charade continues moving northward at 9 mph.  Winds should drop below 40 mph by late this afternoon.

Rainfall at JSC since midnight has totaled nearly 6 inches and an additional 2 to 3 inches is likely today.   Minor to moderate street flooding is occurring at the usual trouble spots onsite.  The eastern corner of site near Gate 3 has been impacted by storm surge and flooding. The rain gauge at NASA Ellington Field has measured 4.85” of rain since midnight.  The intersection of Bay Area Blvd and Space Center Blvd was impassable due to high water as of 9:30 this morning and will likely remain so for the next few hours.   The heaviest rainfall has been occurring just east of JSC over Galveston Bay and the Kemah / Seabrook / Taylor Lake Village areas.

Weather should improve rapidly this evening and mostly sunny skies are forecast tomorrow with a breezy south wind of 15 to 20 mph.  There is a 30% chance for additional thunderstorms by late tomorrow morning which could impact recovery efforts.

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