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Watch Hurricane Florence Churn Toward the East Coast in NASA and NOAA GIFs

Hurricane Florence is heading toward the U.S. East Coast, and the Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina by Saturday (Sept. 15).

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are keeping tabs on the storm with a fleet of weather satellites, while astronauts have photographed it from the International Space Station. The NOAA's GOES-East satellite has been keeping a constant, watchful eye on the hurricane from its geostationary orbit above the Western Hemisphere, and the latest imagery is both amazing and terrifying. 

See recent satellite images and animations of Hurricane Florence from space here. This article will be updated periodically with the newest views. [Hurricane Florence in Photos: See the Massive Storm from Space]

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NASA Watches Hurricane Florence From Space (and at Sea Level)

Email Hanneke Weitering at hweitering@space.com or follow her @hannekescience. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on Space.com.

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Hanneke Weitering is an editor at Space.com with 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 Space.com 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.