Jaw-dropping images of Hurricane Florence from space

WATCH Virginia governor explains preparations made for Hurricane Florence

Florence is set to reach the coastline of North and SC early Friday (Sept. 14), according to NASA and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Get prepared on the East Coast", he warned.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency But Gerst also had a high-power telephoto lens handy to zoom in on the eye.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" he said.

A three-minute video that NASA published Wednesday morning shows Hurricane Florence from a space-station's-eye view, as a camera some 250 miles above earth pans slowly over the storm.

On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast.

"Watch out, America!" German astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote on Twitter this morning (Sept. 12).

- Even from orbit, Hurricane Florence looks like a monster.

Meanwhile, NASA's Aqua satellite snapped an infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 11, at 2:30 a.m. EDT. For the Carolinas, the NHC predicts a "life-threatening storm surge and rainfall".

NASA called the view - captured by cameras on the International Space Station - "stark and sobering".

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station say Hurricane Florence is so massive, they had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the storm from space.

Hurricane hunter aircraft also fly through the storm, taking data on wind speed to figure out exactly how intense Florence is at any given moment.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

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