Hurricane Florence from space: "A no-kidding nightmare"

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster. NASA shared photos Wednesday showing the dangerous storm from the International Space Station.

“Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens,” German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this morning, along with the photos to prove it.  “Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you.”

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst’s photos are zoomed-in views showing a look almost directly down into Florence’s giant eye.  It’s a chillingly unique view.

Florence is currently a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week. Evacuations have been ordered for coastal residents, and the slow-moving storm could dump feet of rain in some places as it slogs through.

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“The crew of @Space_Station is thinking of those who will be affected,” American astronaut Ricky Arnold chimed in.

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