Hurricane Florence is shaping up to be a disgusting storm, and it does not look any better when you look at it from space.
On Monday morning, the International Space Station also captured video of Florence with winds of 115 miles an hour. However, that does not make the hurricane any less frightening.
Florence strengthens to Category 4, takes aim at Carolinas
Hurricane Florence has been quickly strengthening Monday and is on route to severely impact the Carolinas at the end of the week. At 5:00 pm (2100 GMT), the eye of the storm was 615km/h southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving northwest at 26km/h.
Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.
The massive power behind Hurricane Florence resulted in awesome, and downright terrifying, images and videos taken from space.
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NASA itself uploaded a video of Hurricane Florence that was taken by the high-definition camera located outside the International Space Station. The European Space Agency's astronaut, the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare".
The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the USA east coast, is expected to make landfall on Thursday night, but then the storm's movement will slow to a crawl, meaning that some coastal areas will get as much as 24 hours of battering winds and rain.
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Services and flights have been suspended on Thursday and Friday at Wilmington International Airport on North Carolina's coast. In a 2 p.m. advisory, forecasters said sustained winds remained at 60 miles per hour , down from 75 miles per hour Monday.
Those warily staring at Florence grasp in contrast it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago. Outer bands from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. However, these two are predicted to not cause as much damage as expected of Hurricane Florence.