Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying.
Astronauts at the International Space Station, for example, struggled to fit the enormous storm into one frame.
"We could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye," astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted on Wednesday. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you."
If Florence hits North Carolina as a Category 4 storm, it will be the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland in anticipation.
DAWN OVER FLORENCE: NOAA's #GOES16 captured the sunrise over #HurricaneFlorence this morning, Sept. 12, 2018. NOAA says the Cat. 4 #hurricane will bring "life-threatening #StormSurge and #Rainfall to portions of the #Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states." Updates: @NHC_Atlantic pic.twitter.com/01Z34h3191
— NOAA Satellites PA (@NOAASatellitePA) September 12, 2018
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
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) September 12, 2018
#HurricaneFlorence is very large and incredibly dangerous.
✅Follow local evacuation orders!
✅Prepare for life-threatening, catastrophic flooding over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states late this week into early next week. pic.twitter.com/IWlJYKOZBS
— NWS (@NWS) September 12, 2018