Astronauts on International Space Station showcase power of Hurricane Florence in photos

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HURRICANE Florence bears down on the USA east coast, Nasa's satellites are monitoring its strength and speed, as well as recording some incredible images of the massive storm.

Florence is now a powerful Category 3 storm with winds of 125mph, and is expected to strengthen before making landfall along the Carolina coast later this week.

Hurricane Florence is now a powerful Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make a unsafe impact once it makes landfall along the coast of the southeast US later this week.

"I have just been informed that this is one of the worst hurricanes that came to the East coast for many years. It's chilling, even from space", tweeted German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who is aboard the space station.

Millions of people in the path of Hurricane Florence are frantically preparing for a monster storm that's anticipated to make landfall sometime early Saturday morning. He posted this image to Twitter on September 12, 2018.

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Quick on Florence's heels, two more powerful storms are crossing the Atlantic, tracked by NASA satellites: Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Goes-East weather-monitoring satellite captured an eye-opening loop of Florence churning in the Atlantic.

The video tracks across the swirling clouds at the outer edges of the hurricane before passing over the eye.

This photo shows what it looks like deep inside the eye of Hurricane Florence, a place of relative calm for such storms.

Watch the full clip of the space agency's flyover here.

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