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

Hurricane Florence is on course to deliver a potentially devastating blow to the Carolina coast

National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) revealed the extent of hurricane Florence, which is close to the coast of the United States.

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.

"Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station", European astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote in a tweet.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also captured some incredible images of the storm from the windows of the space station. Packing heavy winds with a maximum sustained wind speed of 130 miles per hour (195 km/h), the hurricane is slowly barreling toward the U.S. East Coast, at a speed of approximately 13 miles per hour (20 km/h).

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.

"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a Category 4 hurricane?"




"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Florence's outer bands - and tropical-force winds - will begin to arrive Thursday morning, with the rest of the storm plowing through the area through the weekend.

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

The space agency also released a bone-chilling video of Hurricane Florence recorded from orbit on September 12.

This morning, NOAA tweeted a video from the GOES-East weather satellite, also known as GOES-16, showing the storm's eye churning through the Atlantic.

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