Hurricane Florence seen from space is a 'no-kidding nightmare'

Posted September 13, 2018

A three-minute video that NASA published Wednesday morning shows Hurricane Florence from a space-station's-eye view, as a camera some 250 miles above earth pans slowly over the storm.

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". It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches 200 km/h.

And even from space, Hurricane Florence looks terrifying.

The eye of category 4 Hurricane Florence is "chilling, even from space", according to German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018.

Once Florence makes landfall, it'll be the first major Atlantic hurricane of the 2018 season to hit the mainland US. The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane.

"The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected", Arnold said in a tweet.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

They have warned the hurricane could bring life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential to being destruction further inland for a days.

Terrifying pictures of the hurricane have been revealed by NASA while residents in the storm's path scramble for supplies.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic. "NASA research has found that cloud top temperatures that cold have the capability to generate heavy rainfall", the space agency says.