Kennedy Space Center remains closed after hurricane

NASA Sites Being Inspected In Florida After Irma

NASA Sites Being Inspected In Florida After Irma

NASA's Kennedy Space Center will remain closed for a fourth day September 13 as teams continue to evaluate damage there caused by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma's tropical storm force winds slammed the Space Coast with sustained winds of more than 50 miles per hour, with the highest recorded wind gust Sunday night at 94 miles per hour in Cape Canaveral. Inspection crews were out in full force.

Power was restored to NASA and Air Force facilities but water service was still out Tuesday. Until that's restored, officials said Kennedy would stay closed to non-essential personnel.

At Kennedy's tourist area, life-size replicas of the space shuttle fuel tank and booster rockets were still standing outside the home of shuttle Atlantis. Gen. Wayne Monteith, who's in charge of Air Force operations. Last October, Hurricane Matthew stayed safely off shore. That track spared the center and surrounding region from the worst of the storm, but still subjected it to high winds, heavy rains and sporadic tornadoes.

Kennedy Space Center, remains closed ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Melbourne, Florida, September 9, 2017. United Launch Alliance also reported only minor damage to its facilities at Cape Canaveral, and expected to resume normal operations as soon as September 13.