Astronauts on the ISS captured, from the Earth’s orbit, the Hurricane Florence as its ravaging the Atlantic Ocean as its heading towards the US Eastern Coast. The European Space Agency’s astronaut, the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a “no-kidding nightmare.”
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 South Carolina.
“Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category four hurricane? It’s chilling, even from space. Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous that we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the International Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you,” said ESA’s astronaut Alexander Gerst on Twitter.
Astronaut on the ISS showed how Hurricane Florence is heading towards the US East Coast
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.
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.
The US National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Florence maximum sustained winds were 115 mph as any other regular Category 3 storm, on Wednesday at 8 PM EDT. While the wind in the eye weakened, the storm grew in size and the hurricane-force winds expanding outward up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center of the hurricane.
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.
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