Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

Hurricane Florence from space

"While some weakening is expected to begin by late Thursday, Florence is still forecast to be an extremely risky major hurricane when it nears the USA coast on Friday", the NHC said in an 11 a.m.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station say Hurricane Florence is so massive, they had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the storm from space.

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 SC.

As it approached the US on Wednesday, the International Space Station (ISS) recorded some startling footage.

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The National Hurricane Center , in its latest advisory, said that Hurricane Florence was about to make landfall in North Carolina. Union Point Park is flooded with rising water from the Neuse and Trent Rivers in New Bern, N.C., September 13, 2018.

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The space agency released footage showing what Hurricane Florence looks like from space on Wednesday, as states along the coast brace for what experts are saying will be a devastating impact. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

The massive storm is threatening the East Coast of the USA with an expected landfall early Friday.

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

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. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

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