Hurricane Dorian lightning show
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As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the US, a meteorologist has shared stunning satellite snaps of the "extremely dangerous" storm's brightly colored lightning eruptions amid swirling clouds that look like a fireworks display.

Meteorologist Dakota Smith shared the footage on Twitter and explained that the flashes seen in the storm's inner core are "associated with deep convection that kicked off after sunset."

Smith also shared footage of the hurricane taken at sunrise, after it had intensified, explaining it would "soon become a powerful major hurricane." He then showed the eye of the storm as it formed. "A sure sign it's getting stronger," he said.

Hurricane Dorian is making its way towards Florida where the entire state is under a state of emergency in anticipation of the massive storm, which is expected to be a Category 4 by the time it makes landfall there on Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Dorian poses a "significant threat" and people have been asked to stockpile a week's worth of supplies to prepare for the "extremely dangerous" hurricane, which will have winds of 130 miles per hour.