Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

From above, it nearly looks serene.

Because Hurricane Florence is so unbelievably massive, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the monstrous storm from space.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a "mesmerising loop" showing Hurricane Florence from space.

People living in North and SC began evacuating coastal areas yesterday, after the hurricane's intensity was ramped up to a Category 4 storm. The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane.

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane? It's chilling, even from space", Gerst tweeted earlier today.

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European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some photos of his own to share on Twitter on Wednesday. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a unsafe storm.

More than 1.4 million people across North and SC have been ordered to evacuate as President Donald Trump vowed the federal government was "ready for the big one". On Tuesday, William "Brock" Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Florence "could be the most unsafe storm in the history of the Carolinas".

At least 250,000 more people were due to be evacuated from the northern Outer Banks in North Carolina today after more than 50,000 people were ordered on Monday to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of the state's barrier islands.

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