See Florence Develop From Tropical Storm to Major Hurricane From Space

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Ricky Arnold/NASA
Hurricane Florence makes landfall over North Carolina, as seen in this Sept. 14, 2018, photo taken from the International Space Station.
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NASA
NASA's Terra satellite captures imagery of a tropical storm off the coast of Africa on Sept. 1, 2018. This tropical storm, the sixth to develop in the 2018 hurricane season, was named Florence <a href="/news/national-international/How-Hurricanes-Get-Their-Names-445863213.html" target="_blank">after the sixth letter of the alphabet</a> and following the <a href="https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml" target="_blank">2018 Atlantic names list.</a>
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Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
Astronaut Ricky Arnold captured images of Florence aboard the ISS on Sept. 6, 2018. Florence had upgraded from tropical storm status to become a hurricane.
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NASA
A closer look at the developing Florence on Sept. 6, 2018.
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Hurricane Florence developed an eye on Sept. 9, seen in this Sept. 10, 2018, photo.
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The eye of Hurricane Florence is seen as it spins over the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 10, 2018.
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Alexander Gerst/NASA
<a href="https://twitter.com/Astro_Alex/status/1039870760343543814" target="_blank">"Watch out, America!"</a> was astronaut Alexander Gerst's message, accompanied by photos he took of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 12, 2018, as it made its way to the Carolinas.
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Ricky Arnold/NASA
Florence is expected to linger off the coasts of the eastern seaboard before it makes landfall.
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Alexander Gerst/NASA
EMPTY_CAPTION"#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," Gerst said.
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Alexander Gerst/NASA
Florence's eye as seen on Sept. 12, 2018, from the ISS.
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Alexander Gerst/NASA
<a href="https://twitter.com/Astro_Alex/status/1039870236227522560" target="_blank">"Ever stared down the gaping eye of a category 4 hurricane?"</a>
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NASA
Florence travels west off the coast of the Carolinas on Sept. 12, 2018.
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NOAA
Florence <a href="/news/national-international/Hurricane-Florence-Approaching-Carolinas-Georgia-Virginia-493124871.html" target="_blank">downgraded to a Category 2</a> hurricane by Sept. 13 (seen above), but it has also grown. Florence, at 630 miles across, is larger than 2017's "monster" hurricane, Irma, at 400 miles.
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Noticias Telemundo
Hurricane Florence makes landfall over North Carolina, as seen in this Sept. 14, 2018, photo taken from the International Space Station.
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NOAA
Satellite imagery of Hurricane Florence taken from NOAA's GOES16 satellite on Sept. 14, 2018, is superimposed on GOES16 imagery of Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose from Sept. 7, 2017. Florence made landfall early Friday morning, weakening to a Category 1 hurricane but <a href="/news/national-international/Hurricane-Florence-Hits-Carolinas-493223911.html" target="_blank">still powerful enough</a> to tear buildings apart, flood coastal cities with a projected 1 to 3 feet of rain and knock out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.
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