Hurricane Florence continues its march towards the East Coast of the United States today, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a birds-eye view of just how large the swirling vortex has grown. 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).
Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 210 km/h winds in 1954. The storm may not be spinning solo much longer, as three other disturbances are brewing in the Atlantic.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some photos of his own to share on Twitter on Wednesday.
The video also includes still images from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, who photographed the storm from the ISS.
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The storm was expected to make landfall in North Carolina some time Thursday or Friday, though winds frome the hurricane could be felt as early as Wednesday evening, according to NHC.
The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the U.S. this week.
The space station flies over Earth from an altitude of about 250 miles.
About 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate.
NASA shared a new sobering view of Florence on Wednesday morning.