Amazing pictures of Hurricane Patricia, by NJ astronaut Scott Kelly
Scott Kelly — New Jersey's native-born astronaut, who has called the International Space Station home since March — is plenty impressed by the power of Hurricane Patricia.
In Tweets sent Friday night, he said "Patricia's force isn't lost on me" and offered thoughts and well-wishes for those in Mexico, expected to take the brunt of the epic storm.
Kelly shared stunning images of the storm, as seen from space:
Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever to make landfall on the the Pacific coast of Mexico, was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday, the Weather Channel reports. Earlier, it had become the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the western hemisphere.
New Jersey 101.5's Dan Zarrow says some models show it eventually turning toward New Jersey — but don't worry, it "is just going to be tropical remnants, not a hurricane" if and when it gets here. There could still be pockets of moderate to heavy rain by midweek.
Earlier this month, Kelly — born in Orange and raised in West Orange — broke a record previously held by fellow astronaut Mike Fincke, by spending more than 382 days is space. But his trip isn't over. When all is said and done, Kelly will have logged a total of 522 days in space, making him the longest continuous resident of the International Space Station.