Hurricane Florence is predicted to make landfall somewhere in North or South Carolina on Friday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sent its planes into the storm to research its conditions and shared the footage online.
It also shared footage from the eye of the storm, where conditions are eerily calm.
At least one million people have been ordered to evacuate as it approaches.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has shared footage of its hurricane hunter planes flying into Hurricane Florence, the Category-4 storm expected to bring devastating winds and flooding as it lands in North or South Carolina on Thursday.
The NOAA has two Lockheed WP-3D Orion “hurricane hunter” aircraft which it sends into storms to collect data. The planes use advanced instruments to take readings that are impossible to get from buoys, radar, satellites, or ground-based weather stations.
NOAA has sent its hurricane hunters, which it affectionately named “Kermit” and “Miss Piggy,” into Hurricane Florence over multiple days as it approaches the East Coast of the US.
This footage, taken on Monday, shows the clouds swirling below:
NOAA’s WP-3D Orion (#NOAA42) and Gulfstream-IV (#NOAA49) are flying missions today to survey Hurricane #Florence. Check out this video from yesterday’s P-3 flight into #Florence. Stay up to date on all hurricane activity at https://t.co/MlZk25kG0d. Video: Nick Underwood/NOAA pic.twitter.com/MZXhiJWvVh
— NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (@NOAA_HurrHunter) September 10, 2018
Aerospace engineer Nick Underwood wrote on Twitter that he had been through Hurricane Florence nine times on Monday.
#NOAA42 flew through #Florence NINE TIMES today and I am tired. pic.twitter.com/MisEPx3tku
— Nick Underwood (@TheAstroNick) September 10, 2018
The NOAA says that flying into the storm involves “slicing through the eyewall of a hurricane, buffeted by howling winds, blinding rain …read more
Source:: Business Insider