TAMPA (FOX 13) - Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster. NASA shared photos Wednesday showing the dangerous storm from the International Space Station.
“Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens,” German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this morning, along with the photos to prove it. “Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you.”
In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst’s photos are zoomed-in views showing a look almost directly down into Florence’s giant eye. It’s a chillingly unique view.
Florence is currently a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week. Evacuations have been ordered for coastal residents, and the slow-moving storm could dump feet of rain in some places as it slogs through.
“The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected,” American astronaut Ricky Arnold chimed in.
This is why the big picture matters, and listening to the official evacuation orders. These two photos are the same - just cropped differently. Please stay safe down there! #HurricaneFlorence #Horizons pic.twitter.com/V42GFkjbLi— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018