Hurricane Florence: Astronaut photos of the giant storm from space

Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday

"Cameras outside the International Space Station captured dramatic views of rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10 as it moved in a westerly direction across the Atlantic, headed for a likely landfall along the eastern seaboard of the USA late Thursday or early Friday", NASA explains in a new blog post.

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".

"Hurricane 1 category Isaac is on the way to the Small Antilles, weakened, and on September 13 will move into the Eastern Caribbean sea".

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

Earlier today, the orbital post flew directly over the eye of the storm, which offered the astronauts unparalleled views of Hurricane Florence in all her might. Residents in states from Virginia to Georgia - especially those who live in flood-prone areas or on the coast - must decide whether to stay or go. The satellite's MODIS instrument also detected "thick rings of powerful storms" swirling around the eye of the hurricane.

They have warned the hurricane could bring life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential to being destruction further inland for a days. This picture shows Hurricane Florence on Monday.

Watch the full clip of the space agency's flyover here.

The high resolution camera of the global space station took the approach of a powerful hurricane on the East coast U.S. in the morning, September 12.

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