The ISS Captured This Mind-Boggling Video While Flying Over Hurricane Florence

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - 11:39AM
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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 - 11:39AM
The ISS Captured This Mind-Boggling Video While Flying Over Hurricane Florence
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As Hurricane Florence closes in on Wilmington, North Carolina (where it's projected to make landfall tomorrow), the ISS managed to capture a stunning video of the hurricane's titanic mass moving across the Atlantic as the station flew 255 miles (410 kilometers) overhead.

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.

If you want to watch NASA's live stream from the ISS, click here.
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