We've been hearing about Hurricane Florence and how it could be one of the biggest storms parts of the southeast have ever seen. But the sheer size of the storm system alone is impressive-- especially compared to the state of Minnesota.

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We've all seen satellite weather pictures of tropical storm systems and hurricanes as they're developing and churning away out in the Atlantic Ocean or down in the Gulf of Mexico, right? But if you're like me, it's tough to put into perspective just how big those storms actually are.

Well, it turns out, they're pretty big. Really big. Like, bigger than Minnesota big. Check out the image below that Matt Brickman, a meteorologist at CBS-Minnesota in Minneapolis, posted on his Twitter page yesterday.

The image of shows just how big Florence really is. And, yeah, you can pretty much fit the entire state of Minnesota within its footprint. A quick check of Google Maps shows that the North Star State runs about 360 miles from east to west and about 407 miles from north to south. That's a lot of real estate for a storm system to take up.

Plus, if you moved things around a bit in that picture, it also looks like there's room there for the northern half of Wisconsin too. It's no wonder Florence is also having an effect on our weather here in Minnesota, even though we're thousands of miles away.

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