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Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall somewhere in North or South Carolina on Friday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sent its planes into the storm to research its conditions and shared the footage online.

It also shared footage from the eye of the storm, where conditions are eerily calm.
At least one million people have been ordered to evacuate as it approaches.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has shared footage of its hurricane hunter planes flying into Hurricane Florence, the Category-4 storm expected to bring devastating winds and flooding as it lands in North or South Carolina on Thursday.

The NOAA has two Lockheed WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft which it sends into storms to collect data. The planes use advanced instruments to take readings that are impossible to get from buoys, radar, satellites, or ground-based weather stations.

NOAA has sent its hurricane hunters, which it affectionately named “Kermit” and “Miss Piggy,” into Hurricane Florence over multiple days as it approaches the East Coast of the US.

This footage, taken on Monday, shows the clouds swirling below:

NOAA’s WP-3D Orion (#NOAA42) and Gulfstream-IV (#NOAA49) are flying missions today to survey Hurricane #Florence. Check out this video from yesterday’s P-3 flight into #Florence. Stay up to date on all hurricane activity at Video: Nick Underwood/NOAA

— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) September 10, 2018

Aerospace engineer Nick Underwood wrote on Twitter that he had been through Hurricane Florence nine times on Monday.

#NOAA42 flew through #Florence NINE TIMES today and I am tired.

— Nick Underwood (@TheAstroNick) September 10, 2018

The NOAA says that flying into the storm involves “slicing through the eyewall of a hurricane, buffeted by howling winds, blinding rain and violent updrafts and downdrafts before entering the relative calm of the storm’s eye.”

The planes “probe every wind and pressure change, repeating the often grueling experience again and again during the course of an 8-10 hour mission.”

Underwood thanked the large team of engineers and crew supporting the mission.

Always nice to get the words of support from folks, but remember it’s not just me up there. It’s a whole team of pilots, meteorologists, technicians, flight engineers, as well as a host of ground crew that make it all happen.

Absolute best team I’ve ever worked with.

— Nick Underwood (@TheAstroNick) September 11, 2018

NOAA pilot Justin Kibbey told CNN on Monday that the pilots could see the storm intensifying from their flights: “From our flight today we learned that Florence is getting stronger and stronger by the minute, and it’s truly turning into a beast of a storm.

“It went from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in a matter of 72 hours.”

Flight tracking software showed how all other planes are trying to avoid the storm, while the hurricane hunters flew straight for it:

It’s easy to figure out where Hurricane Florence is in this picture. …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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Video from hurricane hunter planes show the eerie calm inside Hurricane Florence as it heads for the US

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