Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Olive Hawkins
September 13, 2018

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station. The crew of Expedition 56 even managed to capture a few dramatic photos of the monster storm raging over the Atlantic Ocean, which they posted on social media to warn people about the devastating force of the hurricane.

NASA called the footage "a stark and sobering view" of the storm.

NASA also shared a video of the Category 4 storm from the International Space Station.

Gerst said Hurricane Florence was so enormous, with a width of more than 500 miles, that he "could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens."source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency When the space station flew over the storm's menacing eye, Gerst took this photo".

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From his orbiting perch, Gerst offered Earthlings yet another warning about the hurricane's dangers: "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

An American astronaut posted two additional photographs from the International Space Station, showing the storm aimed at Cape Hatteras, a thin and vulnerable strand of islands that jut out from North Carolina.

An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018.

The 400-mile wide hurricane reached Category 4 strength on Monday and was expected to continue to strengthen as it approaches the United States and the coast of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center. The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane.

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