Staring down Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence from space

Hurricane Florence Shifts Course, Will Make a ‘Grand Tour’ of Southeastern States

On Wednesday, forecasters projected Florence - now a category 4 hurricane - will likely slow down and turn south after slamming the East Coast.

A storm's a-brewin' - and NASA has it on tape.

Millions of people in the United States are in the path of Hurricane Florence and are getting ready for a storm that it's believed to land on the continent on early Saturday morning.

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Terrifying as the situation is (I am regularly checking on my folks, who abandoned Charleston for the highlands of North Carolina), there is a silver lining.

"Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station", European astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote in a tweet.

Up to 10 million people lie in the path of the storm, which still poses a risk to life and property, although it has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. It's chilling, even from space.

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

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite, meanwhile, snapped a truly awesome photo of the whirlwind, creeping closer to the American south.

Now a major hurricane with winds of 115 miles an hour and increasing, the National Hurricane Center says Florence's forecast track will take the system over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and Florence will approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday.

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