Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station

13 September, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday

Gerst said Hurricane Florence was so enormous, with a width of more than 500 miles (804 kilometres), that he "could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens".

German astronaut Alexander Gerst took to Twitter this morning warning coastal residents to "watch out".

The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall.

Despite the storm being still some distance away from land, the National Hurricane Center has confirmed it is on track to hit the area around North and SC by Friday. "The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected".

NASA satellites are providing a lot of different kinds of data to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center to help them understand what's happening Hurricane Florence. For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

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"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory.

Arnold shared his first photos of Hurricane Florence, taken when it was still a Category 2 storm. "Or no longer it is chilling, even from dwelling", he wrote in one other tweet.

"Ever stared down the gaping glance of a category Four typhoon?"

The space agency released footage showing what Hurricane Florence looks like from space on Wednesday, as states along the coast brace for what experts are saying will be a devastating impact.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

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