The ISS Captured This Mind-Boggling Video While Flying Over Hurricane Florence
According to CNN, the area covered by Florence's tropical storm-force winds (which are one step below hurricane-force) stretches about 280 miles, which is greater than the distance between Boston and Philadelphia. In fact, Florence itself is larger than North Carolina itself.
Here's the video:
Florence will be the strongest storm to make landfall on the East Coast in 20 years—the last storm on its level was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. According to NPR, over 1 million people have been ordered to evacuated ahead of the storm's arrival, which is expected to create extreme flooding and power loss. To reinforce the order to evacuate, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said "This is not a storm that you need to try to ride out. It's historic and maybe once in a lifetime. I know that North Carolinians are a hardy bunch and we've seen nor'easters and hurricanes before, but this one is different."
As with most hurricanes, one of the difficulties of evacuating those in harm's way is dealing with the elderly, especially those in nursing homes. During the massive gridlock preceding Hurricane Rita in 2005, which saw around 2.5 million people fleeing the area, a bus full of elderly patients caught fire and led to the death of two dozen passengers. In addition to giving residents enough time to make it out, North and South Carolina have enacted emergency price-gouging laws to keep business and gas stations from upping their prices in the lead-up to Florence's arrival.
Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/ovZozsncfh- Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018
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