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Hurricane Florence from above: Startling images of the huge storm from the International Space Station

Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and South
Carolina, and she’s not going away anytime soon. 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.

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.

Still, the storm has the capacity for huge destruction. Parts
of the Carolinas could see 50 cm to 76 cm, with isolated areas
getting 101 cm, over seven days along the coast. Officials say
people refusing to evacuate could end up alone, drenched and in
the dark, as rescue crews won’t go out to help in winds above
80 km/h.

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

Watching the scene unfold from space, German Alexander Gerst,
an astronaut on board the ISS, tweeted photos of the enormous
storm. He said that the hurricane could only be captured on a
super-wide lens, even from 400 kilometres up.

A
high definition camera outside the International Space Station
captured a NASA view of Hurricane Florence on September 12,
2018.
HO/AFP/Getty Images In
this Sept. 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, hurricane Florence
churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the U.S. east coast as
seen from the International Space Station.
Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA
via AP
This
image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the
International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018.

NASA via
AP
In
this Sept. 12, 2018 photo provided by NASA, Hurricane Florence
churns over the Atlantic Ocean heading for the U.S. east coast as
seen from the International Space Station.
ESA/NASA via
AP

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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