Huge Hurricane Florence Looms Large in New Views from Space

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According to NASA, this footage of Hurricane Florence was captured by astronaut Ricky Arnold on the the International Space Station at 8:10 am ET on September 10. "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.

From aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst uses a special super- wide-angle lens to capture an image of the enormous Hurricane Florence barreling toward the East Coast.

"#HurricaneFlorence this morning with Cape Hatteras #NorthCarolina in the foreground", Arnold wrote this morning.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14.

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"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

Florence, a Category 4 hurricane, is less than 48 hours from making landfall on America's southeastern coast, where more than a million people have been ordered to flee their homes.

Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week. It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches 200 km/h.

NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst tweeted earlier today.

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