Hurricane Florence in Photos: See the Massive Storm from Space

A Worst-Case Scenario


With Hurricane Florence dominating this view from the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst warns the East Coast to get ready, "this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you." Click through this gallery to see the latest images of Hurricane Florence. [Full Story: Hurricane Florence Is a 'No-Kidding Nightmare' in These New Astronaut Photos

Hurricane Florence - Sept. 12, 2018


The GOES-East weather satellite, also known as GOES-16, captured this view of Hurricane Florence nearing the East Coast on Sept. 12, 2018 at 9:37 a.m. EDT (1337 GMT).

Watch Out, America


From aboard the ISS, Alexander Gerst uses a special super wide-angle lens to capture an image of the enormous Hurricane Florence barreling toward the East Coast.

Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene swirl in the Atlantic Ocean in this image captured by the GOES-East weather satellite on Sept. 11, 2018, at 11:45 a.m. EDT (1545 GMT).

Spinning and Spinning


From orbit on the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst snapped this image of the eye of the category 4 Hurricane Florence.

A Sobering Close-Up


This close-up of Hurricane Florence's eye, a category 4 hurricane heading toward the U.S. East Coast, depicts the seriousness of the looming weather event.

The Eye


The eye of category 4 Hurricane Florence is "chilling, even from space," according to astronaut Alexander Gerst.

Sending Good Thoughts


Astronaut Ricky Arnold, aboard the International Space Station, captured this image of Hurricane Florence as it lumbers closer to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence Spotted from Space

Ricky Arnold/NASA/Twitter

Hurricane Florence rages in the Atlantic Ocean in this view captured from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold on Monday (Sept. 10). The Atlantic storm was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Sept. 9 and continues to gain strength as it heads for the U.S. East Coast, where it is expected to make landfall as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.

A Hurricane Trio

Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory

On Sept. 9, 2018, three hurricanes (Florence, Isaac and Helene) were all spinning in the Atlantic basin. NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this view of all three using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.

Astronaut's View of Hurricane Florence

Ricky Arnold via Twitter/NASA

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this image of Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Sept. 6, 2018. [Full Story: Hurricane Florence Looks Like a Giant Cotton Ball in This Astronaut Photo from Space]

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.