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NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space

15 September 2018

Hurricane Florence, the Category 2 storm heading straight for my parents' SC house, has the country on high alert. NASA shared photos Wednesday showing the unsafe storm from the International Space Station. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

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.

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.

"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.

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

"Watch out, America!" Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in June, said Wednesday via a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite, meanwhile, snapped a truly awesome photo of the whirlwind, creeping closer to the American south.

The US National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Florence maximum sustained winds were 115 miles per hour as any other regular Category 3 storm, on Wednesday at 8 PM EDT.

NASA releases footage showing massive Hurricane Florence from space