Here’s What Hurricane Irma Looks Like from the Inside, Courtesy of Crazy People
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew directly into the storm to show people what Hurricane Irma looks like up close.
Hurricane Irma is one of the most destructive storms ever recorded. It is currently a Category 5 storm, reaching sustained winds of around 180 mph. And while it has weakened a tiny bit to 175 mph, it is still devastating the Caribbean and is heading right for Florida.
So naturally, it is fascinating to scientists that spend their lives studying storms. So much so that some people are willing to fly directly into it – and not in a sleek, powerful, modern jet, but a small prop plane. Because why not?
The first of the two videos below was recorded by the NOAA’s “Hurricane Hunters,” who flew a Lockheed WP-3D Orion directly into Irma. You can watch as the plane leaves under blue(ish) skies, then a few cuts later it flies into darker and darker skies. The second clip picks up shortly after as the plane is already in the storm.
The second video borders on terrifying – especially if you are friends or family with anyone on the plane. The small craft is brutally beaten by the storm. When it finally breaks through, it’s not much of a relief, as the clouds around the small plane are almost as frightening.
If you need more evidence of how incredibly powerful this storm is, you can watch it from space.