Intense video of plane flying through Hurricane Irma surfaces on Twitter
If you get plane sickness easily, you might want to look away from this video.
Members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunters posted a terrifying video of them flying through the eye of Hurricane Irma on Tuesday.
The video was taken by Nick Underwood and was posted on Twitter, where it has been retweeted more than 7,100 times and “liked” more than 8,800 times by Wednesday afternoon.
“Video of a flight through the eye of
#Irma on #NOAA42. Flights on both the WP-3D Orion and G-IV #NOAA49 continue,” the caption read.
Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 hurricane, making it one of the biggest storms to form in the Atlantic Ocean.
It lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday night, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm.
Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed almost directly overhead early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island’s roughly 1,400 people were left homeless, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told The Associated Press.
“Either they were totally demolished or they would have lost their roof,” Browne said after returning to Antigua from a plane trip to the neighboring island. “It is just really a horrendous situation.”
Florida also rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph winds on Wednesday.
By Wednesday evening, the center of the storm was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and heading west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).
A group of Phoenix firefighters could be dispatched to Florida to help with rescue and cleanup efforts once the storm hits there later this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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