NOAA Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Eye of Cat 5 Hurricane Irma

Inside the eye of Hurricane Irma
Inside the eye of Hurricane Irma, September 5, 2017. Credit: NOAA

Some amazing footage from inside the eye of Hurricane Irma filmed aboard NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft. The videos were captured Tuesday morning during a flight through Irma’s eye after the storm had reached Cat 5 strength with 185 mph winds.

In the video below you can see how eerily-calm it is within the well-defined the eye walls of what has been called the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm on record

This next video is from Tuesday and shows the aircraft as it approaches the eye, eventually breaking through towards the end of the video. It is quite the contrast.

Now here are some photos from the flight:

And in case you were wondering what Hurricane Irma looked like from above, here is some satellite imagery from Tuesday:

You can view gCaptain’s full Hurricane Irma coverage HERE.