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Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

Астронавт заснял мощный ураган из космоса Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Will Make a ‘Grand Tour’ of Southeastern States
Cary Marshall | 15 September, 2018, 19:39

NASA released a video of the hurricane on Monday as captured by cameras mounted outside the International Space Station.

Forecasters have warned of life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic flooding, damaging winds, and unsafe rip currents along the coastlines of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite used its lightning mapping technology for a video showing Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene as they traveled across the Atlantic on Tuesday.

As it approached the USA on Wednesday, the International Space Station (ISS) recorded some startling footage.

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

As Florence nears the east coast, meteorologists are focused on two key factors: ocean temperatures and wind sheer (the difference in speeds at the upper and lower parts of the storm). Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. The European Space Agency's astronaut, the German Alexander Gerst, called the hurricane a "no-kidding nightmare". Florence, the most ominous for U.S. residents, is expected to make landfall today.

ABOVE VIDEO: A high definition camera outside the International Space Station captured a stark and sobering view of Hurricane Florence at 7:50 a.m. EDT on September 12. Governors in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have issued mandatory evacuations and lane reversals.

The head of Duke Energy Corp.'s North Carolina operations says it could take weeks to restore electricity if the company's prediction that 1 million to 3 million of its 4 million customers lose power.

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