NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space

Posted September 13, 2018

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".

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.

MASS panic has erupted on America's east coast as millions are evacuated before Category 4 Hurricane Florence batters the States. "It's chilling, even from space", tweeted German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is aboard the space station.

Unbelievable astronaut photos show hurricanes swirling in the Atlantic
Florence had maximum sustained winds of 128km/h, making it a Category 1 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Forecasters also warned of a rising threat of life-threatening storm surge, along with the damaging winds.

New video from NASA shows Hurricane Florence on its course toward the U.S. on Monday, September 10, as the National Weather Service upgraded the rapidly strengthening hurricane to Category 4 status. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

A series of zoomed-in, high-definition photographs, also released Wednesday by NASA, reveal the storm's menacing movement across the Atlantic.

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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NASA shared an image of the giant storm two days ago. As for Helene, thankfully, it most likely will never make landfall. This picture shows Hurricane Florence on Monday.

NASA called the view - captured by cameras on the International Space Station - "stark and sobering".

Imaged in red in the photo above, these storms have "cloud tops as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius)", notes the space agency.

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