NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space

Florence turns beastly before hitting East Coast, plus Rowan storm forecast

NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space.

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

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured dramatic views of rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10 as it moved in a westerly direction across the Atlantic, headed for a likely landfall along the eastern seaboard of the USA late Thursday or early Friday", NASA explains in a new blog post.

The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet.

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Wherever Florence makes landfall -- its impact will be far-reaching
The current forecast track suggests the hurricane will most likely approach North Carolina or SC on Thursday as it gathers speed. President Donald Trump was briefed on the hurricane and said the "federal government stands by, ready to assist 24/7".

The camera "captured a stark and sobering view" of the storm below "as it churned across the Atlantic with winds of 130 miles an hour", NASA said on Twitter. "It's chilling, even from space", European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst said in a tweet on Wednesday.

It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a unsafe storm.

The storm was expected to make landfall in North Carolina some time Thursday or Friday, though winds frome the hurricane could be felt as early as Wednesday evening, according to NHC. On Tuesday, William "Brock" Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Florence "could be the most unsafe storm in the history of the Carolinas".

An American astronaut posted two additional photographs from the International Space Station, showing the storm aimed at Cape Hatteras, a thin and vulnerable strand of islands that jut out from North Carolina.

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