Breathtaking Space Photos Showcase Hurricane Florence

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 14, 2018

Indeed, NASA called the view of Florence from the Space Station "stark" and "sobering".

"This photo shows the enormous size of Hurricane Florence, taken with a wide-angle lens from the International Space Station, almost 250 miles directly above the eye of the storm", they tweeted.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

Hurricane Florence has strengthened to a category 4 storm, and it's on a path to potentially cause serious damage in North and SC. Evacuations have been ordered for coastal residents, and the slow-moving storm could dump feet of rain in some places as it slogs through.

In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the USA east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

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On Wednesday, NASA shared a view of Hurricane Florence taken that morning from a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station (embedded below). It's chilling, even from space.

Hurricane Florence is "so enormous", says the tweet, that despite being in space, the astronauts could only capture the storm with a super-wide angle lens.

Photo station published on its website. The hurricane is expected to reach 150 miles per hour before landfall Thursday night.

Those warily staring at Florence grasp in contrast it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago. For perspective, NASA adds that 400 miles is the distance between Baltimore, Maryland to Boston, Massachusetts.

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