Hurricane Florence from space

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

NASA shared photos Wednesday showing the risky storm from the International Space Station.

European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures taken 249 miles above the eye of the storm.

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.

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 hurricane, which has been upgraded to a category 4, is expected to pummel the coastlines of SC and North Carolina in the coming days, with the National Hurricane Center warning of a "life-threatening storm surge" as well as catastrophic flash flooding.


NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space.

NASA shared an image of the giant storm two days ago.

Photo station published on its website.

The governors of those three states have declared states of emergency, CNN reports, and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents to prepare for a period of time without power. The photo shows the churning storm, which according to Arnold, was later joined by Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene. While the wind in the eye weakened, the storm grew in size and the hurricane-force winds expanding outward up to 70 miles (110 kilometers) from the center of the hurricane.

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