Hurricane Hunters Calls WeatherNation While Flying Through Hurricane Irma
Major Nicole Mitchell with the Hurricane Hunters called WeatherNation LIVE on air while flying through Hurricane Irma.
“So we are inside of the storm right now,” Maj. Mitchell said. “We’ve made a couple passes through it, and right now we are flying back to the eye on the northwest side.”
Maj. Mitchell went on to talk about how Irma was about to make landfall on Cuba.
Before it was even made official by the National Hurricane Center, Maj. Mitchell said that Irma just registered with 160 mph winds, making the storm a category 5 hurricane.
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes. They have been flying into hurricanes since 1944. They fly into hurricanes to collect weather data.
On Friday, the Hurricane Hunters flew into Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Katia.
— Hurricane Hunters (@53rdWRS) September 8, 2017
While they were flying into Hurricane Irma, they got this incredible view:
WOW: What a view of #HurricaneIrma from Capt. Phil Blancher! Hurricane Hunters will fly until landfall.
Posted by WeatherNation on Friday, September 8, 2017
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