Hurricane Florence is so enormous, astronauts in space had to use a super-wide angle lens to capture a photo.
German astronaut Alexander Gerst took to Twitter this morning warning coastal residents to "watch out."
"Get prepared East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you."
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
The Category 3 storm has winds over 125 mph and is well over 70 miles across according to meteorologists. Waves measuring 83 feet were coming from the northeast quadrant of the storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.
About 1.7 million people in North and South Carolina and Virginia were under warnings to evacuate. Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency.
American astronaut Ricky Arnold, chimed in on Twitter and said the crew at the International Space Station are thinking of those that will be affected by Florence.
This is why the big picture matters, and listening to the official evacuation orders. These two photos are the same - just cropped differently. Please stay safe down there! #HurricaneFlorence #Horizons pic.twitter.com/V42GFkjbLi— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018