Hurricane Florence from space

Katie Ramirez
September 13, 2018

The International Space Station captured photos and video of massive Hurricane Florence spiraling over the Atlantic, and those images captivated people on social media.

This incredible loop from #GOESEast shows Hurricane #Florence churning in the Atlantic.

The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane. At the time, Florence was a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale (which classifies hurricanes by strength on a scale of 1 to 5).

Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm headed for the US's East Coast and predicted to start affecting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

NEW: Florence is now a category 4 hurricane.

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When Florence will reach the US, he is the hurricane of the 4th category out of five, say.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Florence rapidly strengthened into a "major" hurricane early Monday morning that will likely bring a "life-threatening" storm surge along portions of the East Coast.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely unsafe major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory. Florence is expected to remain a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall.

Florence is predicted to make an overnight landfall Friday west of Wilmington, NC.

"It's chilling, even from space."source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency This photo shows what it looks like deep inside the eye of Hurricane Florence, a place of relative calm for such storms.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency The NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold has also been following the giant storm". The storm may not be spinning solo much longer, as three other disturbances are brewing in the Atlantic.

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