The hurricane is expected to reach the coastlines of North Carolina and SC on Friday morning, with experts estimating that it will continue to grow in strength. These satellite observations revealed that the powerful Category 4 hurricane is 400 miles wide (643 kilometers) and will most likely unleash very heavy rainfall over parts of the U.S. East Coast.
Astronaut Ricky Arnold, onboard the International Space Station, captured the hurricane churning in the Atlantic as it morphed into a monster storm.
Hurricane Florence, now a Category 4 storm, is a 'no-kidding nightmare, ' warns German astronaut Alexander Gerst.
From aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst uses a special super- wide-angle lens to capture an image of the enormous Hurricane Florence barreling toward the East Coast.
Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm headed for the US's East Coast and predicted to start affecting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet.
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Another view from astronaut Alexander Gerst of the eye of Hurricane Florence, posted to Twitter on September 12, 2018. "The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected".
"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years".
NASA also recorded what it called "stark and sobering" video footage of Florence from the space station on Wednesday.
An astronaut in space also photographed Florence and two other major storms in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.