Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station

Pablo Tucker
September 13, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday.

"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. "Gather prepared on the East Fly, right here's a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" he said.

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles (402 kilometres) up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.


"#HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye". "A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene were also visible", Arnold tweeted, referring to two other hurricanes swirling to the east of Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning.

The storm is churning in the Atlantic Ocean with winds of 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018.


When the space station flew over the storm's menacing eye, Gerst took this photo.

As millions of people in the Carolinas and Virginia prepare for what could be historic damage from Hurricane Florence, people in space are keeping an eye on it from above.

Arnold shared his first photos of Hurricane Florence, taken when it was still a Category 2 storm.


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