Amazing new photos show hurricane Florence from space

Images from the international space station show the scale of the incoming hurricane Florence, which hits the east coast of the US.

Hurricane Florence is approaching the US and although it has now been relegated to a category two storm, 10 million people remain under some form of storm watch. Georgia is the last state to declare a state of emergency after North and South Carolina, Washington DC and Maryland.

From 2 am EDT today (September 13), Florence was about 37 kilometers east and southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and 450 kilometers east and southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

A storm from space

Yesterday morning astronaut Alexander Gerst shared images of the International Space Station (ISS) of the enormous storm. He described the storm as "not a crazy nightmare" and said that he and the American astronaut Ricky Arnold had captured the images with a special, super-wide-angle lens when the storm drove to the east of the US. NASA cameras have caught the storm earlier in September when it churned across the North Atlantic.

Florence is set to reach the coastline of North and South Carolina, with the risk of flooding at an extreme altitude. The wind is somewhat weakened, but it is unlikely that the speed will decrease again, so that the storm can remain around the coast until the coast (until 15 September).

Inland areas such as Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia also run the risk of flooding due to torrential rains expected as a result of Florence's arrival. The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, said, "The preparation time is almost over, disaster is coming and it's coming."

Hurricane Florence, category 2 storm visible from space with satellites in the foreground.

Hurricane Florence seen from the ISS. Image: NASA

Hurricane Florence can cause serious damage

Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, said: "In light of the forecasted southward trajectory of the storm after landing, I encourage the Georgians to be prepared for the domestic effects of the storm and the subsequent storm surge in coastal areas. . "

Power company Duke Energy said the storm could cut electricity from three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, with power failures lasting for weeks. Jeff Byard of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said: "This will be a Mike Tyson strike on the Carolina coast."

You can follow the storm here.