Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

Ismael LynchSep 13, 2018

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

At around 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Hurricane Florence had strengthened to a Category 4 storm.

"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years".

"Ever stared down the gaping glance of a category Four typhoon?"

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured some incredible images of the storm from the windows of the space station.

The International Space Station captured photos and video of massive Hurricane Florence spiraling over the Atlantic, and those images captivated people on social media.

A storm's a-brewin' - and NASA has it on tape. That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along.

Despite the storm being still some distance away from land, the National Hurricane Center has confirmed it is on track to hit the area around North and SC by Friday.

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

The Category 3 storm has winds over 125 mph and is well over 70 miles across according to meteorologists.

The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the United States this week. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals.

NASA's Aqua satellite used its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer to capture this data.

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