13 September, 2018
The space agency released footage showing what Hurricane Florence looks like from space on Wednesday, as states along the coast brace for what experts are saying will be a devastating impact.
But on Wednesday, a high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a detailed and sobering view of Hurricane Florence from above.
"Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.
Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane in the Atlantic basin this season, will be slamming into the Eastern United States this week as a Category 4 hurricane. NASA's Aqua satellite is providing visible, infrared and microwave imagery while the GPM core satellite is providing additional data like rain rates throughout the storm and cloud heights.
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The photos in Gerst's post capture Florence mid-churn, winds up to 130 miles per hour whipping around the storm's eye.
The hurricane, which has already caused several Week 3 college football games to be rescheduled, postponed or canceled, is expected to make landfall sometime this weekend.
The storm, which is poised to affect millions this week in the southeastern USA, is "expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rainfall" to North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic states, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The space station flies over Earth from an altitude of about 250 miles.
The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have all issued mandatory evacuation orders for the coastal communities that are in the storm's bull's eye.
At 1:55 a.m. EDT (0555 UTC) on September 10, from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite revealed strongest storms in Florence were in the northern and western part of the eyewall.