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Hurricane Florence looks like a nightmarish monstrosity - ‘even from space’

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Florence turns beastly before hitting East Coast, plus Rowan storm forecast

The hurricane is expected to reach the coastlines of North Carolina and SC on Friday morning, with experts estimating that it will continue to grow in strength.

The high resolution camera of the global space station took the approach of a powerful hurricane on the East coast U.S. in the morning, September 12.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as an "extremely risky major hurricane" overnight on Thursday.

"Watch out, America!" German astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote on Twitter this morning (Sept. 12).

From his orbiting perch, Gerst offered Earthlings yet another warning about the hurricane's dangers: "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". That also means that colossal weather systems like Hurricane Florence are easy to observe as the spacecraft cruises along.

"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet. For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall". 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.

An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018.

National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) revealed the extent of hurricane Florence, which is close to the coast of the United States. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst tweeted earlier today.

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