Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Gazing into the eye of the storm

Gazing into the eye of the storm

"It's chilling, even from space", European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Hurricane Florence has reportedly been causing 80-plus feet waves.

Ricky Arnold, an astronaut on the International Space Station, shared his view of the storm along with Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Helene, which are also brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous that we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the International Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you".

Florence is about 644 kilometres wide and it's winds have dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 165 km/h, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a Category 2.

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Atlantic Beach, located on the state's Outer Banks barrier islands, had received 76cm of rain, the US Geological Survey said. Florence had been a Category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds on Thursday, but dropped to Category 1 before coming ashore.

It is estimated that the wind speed in the eye of the hurricane reaches more than 200 kilometers per hour.

HO/AFP/Getty Images In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the USA east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Jasmine holds a Master's in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and writes professionally in a broad variety of genres.

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