Tornado warning issued just north of NASA launch site as astronauts farewell families ahead of historic launch – The Sun

A TORNADO warning has been issued just north of where the NASA launch site just two hours of its historic launch.

The warning was issued just a stone's throw away from where the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to leave, as astronauts farewell their families, meteorologist Bryan Bennett said.

"Currently a tornado warning for a rotating thunderstorm 18 miles NW of Cape Canaveral where today's @SpaceX @NASA rocket is located," Bennett tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

"Fortunately, the storm is moving offshore & there are no strong indicators that a tornado has touched down," he added.

NASA Spaceflight reported that parts of Brevard County near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are under a tornado warning.

The warning was issued just hours ahead of the Crew Dragon space launch, scheduled for 4:33pm.

The US Space Force had warned earlier this week that the launch could be delayed due to weather.

NASA had warned that due to a tropical storm, "precipitation, thick and cumulus clouds" could all prevent the launch from happening.

This is the first time in nine years that a launch has been sent from the US to the International Space Station.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Florida on Wednesday to watch the historic launch
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