Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, is currently making landfall in the Caribbean on the islands east of Puerto Rico, and, like they have with other storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has sent planes in to the storm’s eye. Things get intense. And by intense, I mean pants-shittingly terrifying.
More NOAA video shot yesterday is considerably less intense:
NOAA says that the flights help with forecasting, among other things, which will be important for Irma in particular. The hurricane has maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 mph, making it the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Wilma came through in 2005. If you’re in the path of the storm, stay safe.