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14 September 2018, 12:29 | Edward Lowe
One of the astronauts who took images of Hurricane Florence was Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut onboard 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.
With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.
NASA itself uploaded a video of Hurricane Florence that was taken by the high-definition camera located outside the International Space Station.
In the first tweet, Alexander Gerst shared images of the Hurricane Florence's eye as the "no-kidding nightmare" storm is swirling above the Atlantic Ocean. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst captioned the photos.
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.
However, in the ISS astronaut's second post, he revealed an expansive view of the hurricane with its eye at several hundred kilometers off the US East Coast and its outer cloud bands already approaching Nort Carolina.
Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and SC, and she's not going away anytime soon. Now hurricane "Florence" waiting in Washington, where he also declared a state of emergency. The hurricane is expected to reach 150 miles per hour before landfall Thursday night. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.
Hurricane Florence starts its prolonged assault on the Carolinas
Many people in coastal communities have followed the mandatory evacuation orders, but some are vowing to stay put and ride it out. National Guard soldiers from the state, North Carolina and Virginia are mobilizing to prepare for hurricane recovery efforts.
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South Carolina's state capital Columbia is at only 89m (292ft). "We're kind of at the mercy of the storm". "We're fully prepared. If you've got a trip coming up to the Caribbean, be sure to check the forecast and the status of your flights with your airline.