High-definition video from space shows the extreme power of Hurricane Florence

Kerry GarnerSep 13, 2018

Hurricane Florence rapidly formed into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday as it churned towards the U.S. East Coast.

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

Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane in the Atlantic basin this season, will be slamming into the Eastern United States this week as a Category 4 hurricane.

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

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas. No matter what track it takes, Hurricane Florence will be weakening before it reaches New Jersey; however, Rowan is in for a week of gray skies and continued rainfall.

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

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The photos in Gerst's post capture Florence mid-churn, winds up to 130 miles per hour whipping around the storm's eye.

When GPM observed Florence, the intensifying storm had maximum sustained winds of about 70 knots (81 mph) at that time and was still a tropical storm.

NASA called the view - captured by cameras on the International Space Station - "stark and sobering".

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and evacuation orders were issued to around 1.7 million residents across the three states.

Those warily watching Florence have compared it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago.

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