Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

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"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 hurricane center said Florence will approach the coast Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore. It is poised to slow to a crawl there and then drift to the southwest, unloading disastrous amounts of rain.

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Fortunately for House, he says this storm should not be a devastating event for the beach town in terms of loss of life. Hurricane-force winds extended 130km from its centre, and tropical storm-force winds reached out to 315km.

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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