Hurricane Florence looks like a nightmarish monstrosity - ‘even from space’

13 September, 2018, 03:13 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Hurricane Florence from space

The International Space Station captured photos and video of massive Hurricane Florence spiraling over the Atlantic, and those images captivated people on social media. Packing heavy winds with a maximum sustained wind speed of 130 miles per hour (195 km/h), the hurricane is slowly barreling toward the U.S. East Coast, at a speed of approximately 13 miles per hour (20 km/h).

"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added. "Get prepared on the East Coast", he warned.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency But Gerst also had a high-power telephoto lens handy to zoom in on the eye.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" he said.

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas.

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As millions of people in the Carolinas and Virginia prepare for what could be historic damage from Hurricane Florence, people in space are keeping an eye on it from above.

"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet.

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Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018.

New video from NASA shows Hurricane Florence on its course toward the USA on Monday, September 10, as the National Weather Service upgraded the rapidly strengthening hurricane to Category 4 status.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst provides a view straight down into the eye of Hurricane Florence, headed toward the U.S. Southeast as of September 12, 2018.

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