Video Shows Plane Flying Through the Eye of Catastrophic Hurricane Ian

A hurricane chaser gives us a glimpse into the eye of a storm

On Wednesday morning, Hurricane Ian descended upon Southwest Florida, ravaging cities like Fort Myers, Naples, Tampa, and Orlando. The photos and videos capturing the destructive natural disaster have been absolutely shocking – houses completely submerged in water, flaming fires destroying buildings, and people being rescued from the roofs that once protected them from previous storms. While the footage taken from the ground is more frightening than a horror movie, now there is a video circulating taken from inside the eye of the catastrophic hurricane. 

The Video Was Taken By a Hurricane Chaser

Tropical Nick Underwood

While most people try to stay far away from a hurricane, it is Nick Underwood's job to fly into them. He works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and gets paid to fly into the eye of the storms to take measurements. "Want to stress we don't this for fun. It's a public service. We go up there to gather data on the storm that can keep folks on the ground safe," he tweeted. "Those forecast models? A lot of the data comes from what we do. I'm a very small part of a large team. Incredible teammates." Keep reading to learn more and see the video.

It Was Taken During a 7-Hour Flight Into the Eye of the Storm

Tropical Nick Underwood

On Wednesday Underwood shared a video on Twitter of his latest journey. "This flight to Hurricane #Ian on Kermit (#NOAA42) was the worst I've ever been on. I've never seen so much lightning in an eye," tweeted the hurricane hunter. Per FlightAware, the flight took off from Houston at 2:55 a.m. and returned six hours and 47 minutes later.

The People Were Being Tossed Around in the Plane

Tropical Nick Underwood/Twitter

The video taken during a period of two minutes and 20 seconds aboard a NOAA flight, makes airplane turbulence seem calm. Those on the plane are shifted around their seats, while items get knocked off bunks and lightning flashes through windows. "We're alright, we're alright," says one voice. "The 'we're alright' was for me," Underwood  wrote in the caption, adding that the clip was "edited for language."

It Was the "Roughest Flight" Of His Career

Tropical Nick Underwood

"When I say this was the roughest flight of my career so far, I mean it. I have never seen the bunks come out like that. There was coffee everywhere. I have never felt such lateral motion," Underwood tweeted. 

He Described It As "Absolutely Wild"

Tropical Nick Underwood

"Absolutely wild. All of this in the eye, in which we circled for some time to deploy the UAS (uncrewed aerial system)," he wrote in another tweet, sharing images taken. "A high end Cat 4 storm. Nearly Cat 5. All of this at 8,000 feet above the ocean. I'm glad we only did one pass."

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