Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'

Muriel Hammond
September 13, 2018

Extraordinary photos captured from the International Home Place reward Storm Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Fly.

The high resolution camera of the worldwide space station took the approach of a powerful hurricane on the East coast United States of America in the morning, September 12.

The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall.

NEW: Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.

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

Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas early Friday, bringing with it 20-30 inches of rain to North Carolina, and almost 40 inches to SC, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"It's chilling, even from space", European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst said in a tweet on Wednesday. NASA's Aqua satellite is providing visible, infrared and microwave imagery while the GPM core satellite is providing additional data like rain rates throughout the storm and cloud heights. Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days.

When GPM observed Florence, the intensifying storm had maximum sustained winds of about 70 knots (81 mph) at that time and was still a tropical storm. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals.

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

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