Jaw-dropping images of Hurricane Florence from space

"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he wrote.

Gerst photographed the storm 400 kilometers, or 248 miles, above the eye.

The video, taken with a high-definition camera outside the International Space Station, shows a "stark and sobering view" of the Category 4 storm as it moves in a west-northwesterly direction across the Atlantic.

In another post, the astronaut marveled at Florence's size - reportedly 500 miles across - writing that the storm "is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide angle lens".

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The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern USA, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Florence is set to reach the coastline of North and SC early Friday (Sept. 14), according to NASA and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along. For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

The International Space Station has posted more foreboding views of Hurricane Florence as it makes its way toward the Carolinas. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 210 km/h winds in 1954.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, and evacuation orders were issued to around 1.7 million residents across the three states.

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