A new high-definition video and photos taken from the International Space Station show the size of scope of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm heading toward landfall in the Southeast U.S. later this week. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", Gerst writes. He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018.
Gerst photographed the storm 400 kilometers, or 248 miles, above the eye.
Earlier today, the orbital post flew directly over the eye of the storm, which offered the astronauts unparalleled views of Hurricane Florence in all her might. "The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected". Meteorologists from the National Hurricane Center are expecting the storm to intensify even further before making landfall along the North Carolina coast. Winds this morning reached 130 miles per hour (200 km/h) and will likely strengthen before it arrives, officials said.
"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday.
The NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold has also been following the giant storm.
In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.
NASA called the view - captured by cameras on the International Space Station - "stark and sobering".
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