Hurricane Florence looks absolutely wild from the International Space Station
Sep 13 2018
Another view from astronaut Alexander Gerst of the eye of Hurricane Florence, posted to Twitter on September 12, 2018.
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.
"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a Category 4 hurricane?" 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).
A high-definition video camera outside the space station captured stark and sobering views of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm.
Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.
"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.
Meanwhile, NASA's Aqua satellite snapped an infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 11, at 2:30 a.m. EDT. "The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected". It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches 200 km/h.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station say Hurricane Florence is so massive, they had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the storm from space. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet.
"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years".
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.