Here’s the view from the International Space Station.
Hurricane Florence has strengthened to a category 4 storm, and it’s on a path to potentially cause serious damage in North and South Carolina. The hurricane is expected to reach 150 miles per hour before landfall Thursday night. Photos taken from space show just how imposing this storm really is.
Ricky Arnold, an astronaut on the International Space Station, shared his view of the storm along with Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene, which are also brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Helene is predicted to avoid landfall, while Isaac poses a threat to the Caribbean, USA Today reports.
Hurricane #Florence this morning as seen from @Space_Station. A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene were also visible. pic.twitter.com/WJQfS4au4m
On Monday morning, the International Space Station also captured video of Florence with winds of 115 miles an hour.
Cameras outside the station captured views of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10. With winds of 115 miles an hour it could make landfall along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. late Thursday or early Friday. pic.twitter.com/DhEHhSeeDx
Previously, Arnold shared images of Florence initially gaining strength over the ocean.
#hurricaneflorence strengthens in the early morning hours over the Atlantic.
A post shared by NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) on Sep 6, 2018 at 7:54am PDT
The National Hurricane Center warned Monday there could be a “life-threatening” storm surge, rip currents, and freshwater flooding along the coasts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, plus damaging hurricane-force winds at the coasts and further inland.
The governors of those three states have declared states of emergency, CNN reports, and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents to prepare for a period of time without power. One North Carolina county has already issued a mandatory evacuation order, and locals throughout the region have cleared supermarket shelves of bottled water.