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

Audrey Hill
September 13, 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. "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.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured some incredible images of the storm from the windows of the space station. "While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane when it nears the US coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m.

The bone-chilling photos were posted to Twitter by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency, who commented on the importance of seeing "the big picture" and urged people to mind the official evacuation orders and "stay safe down there!"

In fact, Gerst wrote on Twitter that Hurricane Florence is "so enormous" it could only fit in the frame of a wide-angle camera.

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

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster. Winds this morning reached 130 miles per hour (200 km/h) and will likely strengthen before it arrives, officials said.

Hurricane Florence will be the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in more than 50 years and with sustained winds of 130mph, it's already pushing a storm surge and rain ahead of it.

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station.

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