Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

Hurricane Florence from space

Astronauts had to use super wide-angle lens to photograph Hurricane Florence because it’s so huge

A video of the Category 2 Hurricane Florence has also been shared by NASA and it needs no introduction.

On Wednesday, at the moment of the US National Hurricane Center announcement, Hurricane Florence was at about 335 miles (540 kilometers) away off the US East Coast, more specifically, right at the southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina. Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast.

This photo from Arnold is one of many on his Twitter feed of the Earth from the International Space Station.

Watching the scene unfold from space, German Alexander Gerst, an astronaut on board the ISS, tweeted photos of the enormous storm.

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More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Officials in New Bern said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

"The National Hurricane Middle forecasts extra strengthening for Florence earlier to it reaches the shoreline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14", NASA wrote within the description of the video. Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA via AP This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.

Viewed through the wide-angle camera of the International Space Station which orbits at 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth, Hurricane Florence appears swirling above the Atlantic Ocean as it's moving west-northwest towards the North and SC. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

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