Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

Hurricane Florence Looks Downright Terrifying From Space

Ricky Arnold, an astronaut on the International Space Station, shared his view of the storm along with Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene, which are also brewing in the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Worldwide space station NASA has revealed the extent of the hurricane "Florence", which is close to the coast of the United States.

Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.


The National Hurricane Center warned Monday there could be a "life-threatening" storm surge, rip currents, and freshwater flooding along the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, plus damaging hurricane-force winds at the coasts and further inland.

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.

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster.

"NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the eye of powerful Category 4 Hurricane Florence and found the storm over 400 miles in diameter and the capability to generate very heavy rainfall", NASA's most recent update, published September 12, reads. Jasmine writes primarily in our LGBTTQQIAAP and Science section.

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