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The next few days are going to be rough for those on the east coast of the United States.
Hurricane Florence, a major cyclonic storm, is brewing in the central Atlantic at present and is set to impact North Carolina on Thursday into Friday. It’ll be the region’s first major hurricane since Hugo in 1989, but words can only describe half of Florence’s expanse.
Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) recently snapped the storm from 300km above planet Earth.
And it’s a monster.
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) September 10, 2018
Hurricane Hunters also visited the eye of Florence earlier today, recording wind speeds in excess of 225km/h.
— HRD/AOML/NOAA (@HRD_AOML_NOAA) September 10, 2018
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold also snapped this image from the ISS earlier this week, depicting Florence’s outer rain bands and defined eye in its centre.
Incidentally, two other hurricanes are currently swirling in the Atlantic too — Helene and Isaac. Helene isn’t a threat to any land though, while Isaac (which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm) could still impact Hispaniola later this week.
Feature image: NASA