Hurricane Florence from space: photos of the hurricane showed in the NASA

Florence is expected to strike North Carolina's coast on Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, according to Miami's National Hurricane Center (NHC).

With Hurricane Florence churning toward the East Coast, NASA released a stunning video and photos of the storm from space.

In addition to the wide shots, some of Gerst's photos are zoomed-in views showing a look nearly directly down into Florence's giant eye.

A video of the Category 2 Hurricane Florence has also been shared by NASA and it needs no introduction. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you", said ESA's astronaut Alexander Gerst on Twitter.

Watch out, America! Hurricane Florence is so enormous that we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the International Space Station, 400 km directly above the eye. "It's chilling, even from space", he wrote in another tweet.

Photo station published on its website.

"NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the eye of powerful Category 4 Hurricane Florence and found the storm over 400 miles in diameter and the capability to generate very heavy rainfall", NASA's most recent update, published September 12, reads.

Those warily staring at Florence grasp in contrast it to Hurricanes Fran and Hugo, which pummeled North Carolina and SC, respectively, more than two decades ago.

In the past, NASA has leveraged its technology and resources to help with hurricane relief efforts.