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'Watch out, America!': Astronauts in space photographed Hurricane Florence, and they say the view is 'chilling'

Business Insider Logo By Dave Mosher of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 12:  Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut who's currently orbiting Earth from 250 miles up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him. "Watch out, America!" Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in June, said Wednesday via a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence. "[T]his is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you."Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting South Carolina and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Due to the storm's enormous size and power, it's been a recent - if not frightening - muse for  astronaut photography. Here are some of the best images of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, a fellow NASA astronaut who's also living on board the  ISS.

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.

"Watch out, America!" Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station in June, said Wednesday in a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence.

"This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you," he added.

Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm headed for the US's East Coast and predicted to start affecting South Carolina and North Carolina as early as Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Because of its enormous size and power, the storm has been a recent - if not frightening - muse for astronaut photography.

Here are some of the best images of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, a fellow NASA astronaut living aboard the ISS.

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