NASA revealed the extent of hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence from space

Because Hurricane Florence is so unbelievably massive, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the monstrous storm from space. "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.

"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.

Happy #FullDiskFriday! #GOESEast is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm #Florence from 22,300 miles out in space. He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018.

Arnold also captured hurricanes Isaac and Helene lining up behind Florence in the Atlantic.

"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet. Arnold shared his first photos of Hurricane Florence, taken when it was still a Category 2 storm.

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

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.

A view of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station.

The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the USA 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. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst tweeted earlier today.

The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane.

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