NASA images show how massive Florence is

Published September 12 2018
Updated September 12 2018

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."

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.