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Astronaut aboard International Space Station shoots image of Tropical Storm Arthur

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Reid Wiseman, an American astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station, is getting a close-up look at Tropical Storm Arthur from the other side of the sky -- and he's sharing the view on his Twitter page.

The image appeared on the Wiseman's official Twitter account, designated as @astro_reid.

"Just few over TS #Arthur -- hoping it heads to sea," Wiseman wrote. "Looks mean."

In March, weeks Wiseman launched, he told WDRB News that watching for severe weather events -- including events over Louisville, Ky. -- would be a priority while he served on his six-month mission aboard the space station.

"I'm a rookie: I haven't flown," Wiseman said in March. "But you've obviously seen all this stuff. Seeing the hurricanes from space is incredible...looking at the devastation of a tornado path – those are the things that are on the front minds of the people living on the planet...I've talked to my flight directors, and my crew earth observation folks, and if there is any sort of major weather phenomenon going on – especially across the U.S. – they're gonna send me data on it, so I can try to take pictures."

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Tropical Storm Arthur was churning just off the coast of Florida, threatening Fourth of July plans for thousands of people. A tropical storm warning was issued for parts of North Carolina as the first named storm of the season was expected to strengthen to a hurricane and skim the Outer Banks, a string of narrow barrier islands prone to flooding but popular for beachgoers, as a Category 1 hurricane Friday.

Wednesday's warning stretched across the entire North Carolina coast, from Little River Inlet near South Carolina north to the Virginia border.

A tropical storm watch for Florida's east coast was canceled.

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