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NASA releases incredible video of Arthur swirling in the Atlantic Ocean

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:52 - Cameras mounted on the International Space Station (ISS) have captured a stunning view of Arthur as it swirled around in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Arthur is expected to hit Atlantic Canada this weekend after it makes its way up the U.S. east coast.

The storm formed off the southern Florida on Canada Day and it has been picking up strength ever since.


STORM WATCH: The Weather Network will be LIVE on location in Atlantic Canada this weekend as Hurricane Arthur takes aim at the region. Find out more about our extended active weather coverage.


In the video above, Arthur is depicted as a tropical storm -- but by Thursday, it had achieved hurricane status.

NASA has been following the storm closely and posting frequent updates on its Twitter feed.

Tracking hurricanes from space provides meteorologists with invaluable information on the nature of severe weather.

In addition to watching the storm from the ISS, NASA has also deployed two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft designed to fly over storms during the 2014 hurricane season.

The aircraft are part of the HS3 Mission, a five-year program that investigates hurricane formation and "intensity change in the Atlantic Ocean basin," according to NASA.