Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a NASA view of the eye of Hurricane Florence

Extraordinary photos captured from the International Home Place reward Storm Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Fly.

At around 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced that Hurricane Florence had strengthened to a Category 4 storm.

The hurricane will pose a pretty serious threat to the East Coast and is expected to produce winds of around 140 miles per hour as it makes landfall.

Hurricane Florence had already reached the fourth category out of five possible, the state of emergency was introduced in the States of Maryland and Virginia.

This photo shows what it looks like deep inside the eye of Hurricane Florence, a place of relative calm for such storms.

The storm is on track to hit the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region as early as Thursday, according to the hurricane centre.

Astronaut Ricky Arnold, who is aboard the ISS, also snapped a picture of the storm, writing that the ISS crew is "thinking of those who will be affected" by its devastation.

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The massive hurricane poses a serious threat as it barrels toward a landfall somewhere along the East Coast on Thursday. Unsafe swells generated by Florence were expected to batter Bermuda early in the week, as well as parts of the U.S.

As Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolinas, NASA has posted a remarkable video of the storm with winds approaching 130 miles per hour.

Residents of the US East Coast are preparing for the storm's arrival as the National Weather Service warned on Monday that "Florence is forecast to bring devastating rainfall and flooding from the coast to the Appalachians".

Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week.

The element will lead to a "life-threatening storm surges, exceptionally strong heavy rains and destructive winds", they say.

About 1.7 million people in North and SC and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate.

Arnold shared his first photos of Hurricane Florence, taken when it was still a Category 2 storm.

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