Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm.

According to the NHC advisory, Hurricane Florence is now located 575 miles (925 km) south-southeast of Bermuda and 1,230 miles (1,985 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina.

In another post, the astronaut marveled at Florence's size - reportedly 500 miles across - writing that the storm "is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide angle lens".

Hurricane Florence, on its way across the Atlantic Ocean toward North Carolina, dominates photos and video from the International Space Station, where astronauts are using wide-angle lenses because of how far the storm extends.

On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast.

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

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Gerst and American astronaut Ricky Arnold captured the Category 4 storm and its swirling eye up close in images posted to Twitter this morning, emphasizing its epic scale and their thoughts for people in its path. He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018. "It's chilling, even from space", tweeted German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is aboard the space station.

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

Hurricane hunter aircraft also fly through the storm, taking data on wind speed to figure out exactly how intense Florence is at any given moment.

ABOVE VIDEO: A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a stark and sobering view of Hurricane Florence at 7:50 a.m. EDT on September 12.

Satellites orbiting Earth have also been keeping tabs on Florence from above.

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