Hurricane Florence from space

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An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018. The NHC says the storm may push a "life-threatening" surge of seawater ashore into these and other areas. The storm is strengthening rapidly and is expected to become a major hurricane very soon. It's estimated that 1 million people will be impacted by Florence's arrival.

NASA also shared a video of the Category 4 storm from the International Space Station.

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Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as an "extremely risky major hurricane" overnight on Thursday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said the impact of the storm would be widespread, hitting the coast early Friday morning.

"Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday", NHC officials warned in another advisory.

Gerst photographed the storm 400 kilometers, or 248 miles, above the eye.

Florence's predicted path as of Wednesday has it making landfall on the SC coast, just south of North Carolina. He said on Wednesday that the ISS's crew "is thinking of those who will be affected."source Ricky Arnold/NASA This oblique view of the cyclone shows its outer bands just within reach of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina - near where the storm's powerful eye could make landfall.source Ricky Arnold/NASA Arnold has been following the storm's progress for days from his lofty perch".

The 500-mile-wide hurricane, which is barreling toward the United States east coast, is expected to make landfall on Thursday night, but then the storm's movement will slow to a crawl, meaning that some coastal areas will get as much as 24 hours of battering winds and rain.

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