NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space

  • NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space

NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a stark and sobering view of Hurricane Florence at 7:50 a.m. EDT on September 12.

"Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station", European astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote in a tweet.

"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", he added.

Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm.

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster. He said on Wednesday that the ISS's crew "is thinking of those who will be affected".

Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

They have warned the hurricane could bring life-threatening coastal storm surges and the potential to being destruction further inland for a days.

Weather Underground founder Dr Jeff Masters said: "I saw a presentation a few years ago that showed that Hurricane Katrina of 2005 increased markedly in size after it absorbed a small area of disturbed weather over the southeast Gulf of Mexico, acquiring more moisture and spin".

Here's a shot of the still strengthening storm on the same day.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a "mesmerising loop" showing Hurricane Florence from space.

Imaged in red in the photo above, these storms have "cloud tops as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius)", notes the space agency.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.