Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

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Hurricane Florence will be the first Category 4 storm to make a direct hit on North Carolina in more than 50 years and with sustained winds of 130mph, it's already pushing a storm surge and rain ahead of it.

NASA also posted an incredible video of Hurricane Florence viewed from space.

This photo equipped by NASA presentations Hurricane Florence from the International Condominium Contrivance on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, because it threatens the U.S. East Run.

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC). The European Space Agency's astronaut, the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare".

Gerst went on to add that seeing the hurricane is chilling, even from space, and shared an additional of three pictures that speak for themselves. The hurricane, which has been upgraded to a category 4, is expected to pummel the coastlines of SC and North Carolina in the coming days, with the National Hurricane Center warning of a "life-threatening storm surge" as well as catastrophic flash flooding.

Gerst was in absolute awe of the storm, as we all would be, saying the storm was so wide they could only capture it with a wide angle lens.

Photo station published on its website.

NASA's Disasters Program also closely monitored the California's disastrous wildfires in December, providing data that showed hourly updates as to where the fires were burning the hottest.

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