An astronaut in space also photographed Florence and two other major storms in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.
Incredible images captured from the International Space Station show Hurricane Florence barreling toward the U.S. East Coast.
The bone-chilling photos were posted to Twitter by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency, who commented on the importance of seeing "the big picture" and urged people to mind the official evacuation orders and "stay safe down there!"
With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.
"#HurricaneFlorence this morning with Cape Hatteras #NorthCarolina in the foreground", Arnold wrote this morning.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Florence's outer bands - and tropical-force winds - will begin to arrive Thursday morning, with the rest of the storm plowing through the area through the weekend.
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The weather agency also warned "life-threatening freshwater flooding is likely from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event".
In another post, the astronaut marveled at Florence's size - reportedly 500 miles across - writing that the storm "is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide angle lens".
An image taken by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Carolinas on September 12, 2018. "It's chilling, even from space", Gerst tweeted earlier today.
Hurricane Florence is blowing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour as it barrels toward the US East Coast as a Category 4 storm.
Astronaut Alexander Gerst provides a view straight down into the eye of Hurricane Florence, headed toward the U.S. Southeast as of September 12, 2018.