A video of the Category 2 Hurricane Florence has also been shared by NASA and it needs no introduction.
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted pictures taken 249 miles above the eye of the storm. Fellow astronaut, Ricky Arnold, also took photos Hurricane Florence from space, while sounding out that the crew members of the International Space Station are thinking of the people who will be affected.
A high-definition camera outside the International Space Station captured video Tuesday.
The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the U.S. east coast, is expected to make landfall on Thursday night, but then the storm's movement will slow to a crawl, meaning that some coastal areas will get as much as 24 hours of battering winds and rain. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst captioned the photos.
Following Hurricane Florence are two more powerful storms crossing the Atlantic, namely Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene. Outer bands from the hurricane were lashing land on Thursday, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm's eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. For perspective, NASA adds that 400 miles is the distance between Baltimore, Maryland to Boston, Massachusetts. For example, after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, NASA used its Black Marble HD technology (which is usually used for NASA to see lights on Earth at night) to help identify where power had been knocked out.