The folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration do some seriously insane things from time to time, but flying their hurricane hunter aircraft into the middle of the category five hurricane Irma definitely takes the cake.
As one of the strongest hurricanes that has ever been recorded made its way through the Caribbean and towards the coast of Florida, NOAA took their plane straight through the 185 MPH winds to make their way into the eye of the storm.
The turbulence the plane and crew experiences as it barrels through the outer regions of the storm are incredibly violent, shaking everything and everyone inside the aircraft.
Moving through sustained winds of nearly 150 MPH make for a very difficult flight for both the pilot and his crew, but the information gained from the vast array of sensors and high tech equipment can help give valuable insight for the areas in the hurricane’s path.
As Irma continues to plow its way through the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the southeastern Bahamas, everyone in its path are rushing to complete safety preparations for the inevitable, extreme damage.
The island of Barbuda, which is located east of the Dominican Republic, had recorded landfall wind speeds of 155 MPH until the weather station went offline completely.
With the hurricane continuing its westerly path, warnings are now in effect for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos, Haiti, and the southeastern Bahamas.
As it continues, the predicted path has Irma passing along or just off of the Florida coast, but the state it still preparing for the worst possible scenario.
If indeed the storm does make landfall in Florida, it will likely be larger than the entire Florida peninsula, which is only 100 miles wide, while hurricanes can extend more than 180 miles wide from the center of the storm.
As people continue to prepare for Irma, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still taking its toll in Texas and people remain in desperate need of help and supplies.
To see the footage inside the midst of hurricane Irma, check out the video below.
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