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Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

14 September 2018

The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the U.S. east coast, is expected to make landfall on Thursday night, but then the storm's movement will slow to a crawl, meaning that some coastal areas will get as much as 24 hours of battering winds and rain.

On Wednesday, NASA shared a view of Hurricane Florence taken that morning from a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station (embedded below). "It's chilling, even from space", said Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Space Agency who now lives on ISS, on Twitter.

As Hurricane Florence continues barreling in direction of the Carolinas, NASA has posted a outstanding video of the storm with winds drawing reach 130 miles per hour.

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the East Coast, maybe nothing can portend the storm's wrath quite like photos taken from space. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet. Now hurricane "Florence" waiting in Washington, where he also declared a state of emergency.

"NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the eye of powerful Category 4 Hurricane Florence and found the storm over 400 miles in diameter and the capability to generate very heavy rainfall", NASA's most recent update, published September 12, reads.

On Wednesday, at the moment of the US National Hurricane Center announcement, Hurricane Florence was at about 335 miles (540 kilometers) away off the US East Coast, more specifically, right at the southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Those warily staring at Florence grasp in contrast it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago.

Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space