NASA images show how massive Florence is

HURRICANE Florence bears down on the USA east coast, Nasa's satellites are monitoring its strength and speed, as well as recording some incredible images of the massive storm.

Because Hurricane Florence is so unbelievably massive, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens to capture photographs of the monstrous storm from space.

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.

"Ever stared down the gaping glance of a category Four typhoon?"

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Florence rapidly strengthened into a "major" hurricane early Monday morning that will likely bring a "life-threatening" storm surge along portions of the East Coast.

Another view from astronaut Alexander Gerst of the eye of Hurricane Florence, posted to Twitter on September 12, 2018.

NASA called the footage "a stark and sobering view" of the storm.

American astronaut Ricky Arnold, chimed in on Twitter and said the crew at the International Space Station are thinking of those that will be affected by Florence.

While Arnold and his fellow Expedition 56 crewmembers have been keeping an eye on Hurricane Florence and other Atlantic storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been monitoring the weather systems with its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series.

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

The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have all issued mandatory evacuation orders for the coastal communities that are in the storm's bull's eye.

NASA additionally posted an animated video of Storm Florence considered from dwelling.

  • Valerie Cook