Stunning space photos show 'nightmare' Hurricane Florence swirling over the Atlantic

It was captured from 249 miles above the storm More

It was captured from 249 miles above the storm More

According to Wednesday morning's update from the National Hurricane Center, Florence could park off the coast of the Carolinas on Friday, bringing damaging winds and even extreme storm surges to coastal areas.

Happy #FullDiskFriday! #GOESEast is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm #Florence from 22,300 miles out in space.

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold shared views from the International Space Station, which orbits around 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth.

Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as an "extremely risky major hurricane" overnight on Thursday.

The bone-chilling photos were posted to Twitter by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency, who commented on the importance of seeing "the big picture" and urged people to mind the official evacuation orders and "stay safe down there!"

Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are frantically preparing for a monster storm that's anticipated to make landfall sometime early Saturday morning.

The weather agency also warned "life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event".

GOES-16/NOAAHurricane Florence approaches the US East Coast in a satellite image taken from space on September 12, 2018. It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches 200 km/h.

National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) revealed the extent of hurricane Florence, which is close to the coast of the United States. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet.

Cameras outside the space station captured several views of the storm at 8:10 a.m. Monday, according to NASA.

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