Hurricane Florence from space
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 13, 2018,
Sep 13, 2018, 3:13
The US National Hurricane Centre has warned that Hurricane Florence will bring "life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding" to North and SC. "Get prepared on the East Coast", he warned.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency But Gerst also had a high-power telephoto lens handy to zoom in on the eye.source Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency "Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?" he said.
"Watch out, America!" Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station in June, said Wednesday in a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence.
As millions of people in the Carolinas and Virginia prepare for what could be historic damage from Hurricane Florence, people in space are keeping an eye on it from above.
Meanwhile, NASA's Aqua satellite snapped an infrared image of Hurricane Florence on September 11, at 2:30 a.m. EDT. It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches 200 km/h.
A camera aboard the International Space Station recorded video of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday morning, when it was about 500 miles offshore.
Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm.
Forecasters are also tracking two more hurricanes that have formed to the east of Florence: Hurricane Helene, which strengthened to a Category 2 storm off the west coast of Africa today, and Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 storm now located roughly halfway between Florence and Helene. Gerst wrote. "It's chilling, even from space".