Hurricane Florence Is a ‘No-Kidding Nightmare’ in These New Astronaut Photos

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

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.

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). Parts of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. Winds this morning reached 130 miles per hour (200 km/h) and will likely strengthen before it arrives, officials said. "It's chilling, even from space", said Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Space Agency who now lives on ISS, on Twitter.

Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

What Hurricane Florence Could Do to Restaurants and Retailers
Its maximum sustained winds are expected to top 145 miles per hour before losing some steam near the coast. Myrtle Beach also announced a curfew starting 10 p.m. starting Wednesday until 6 p.m.

Florence is set to reach the coastline of North and SC early Friday (Sept. 14), according to NASA and the National Hurricane Center (NHC), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

In this September 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the US east coast as seen from the International Space Station.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER