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Passenger Films Flight Through The Eye Of Hurricane Irma

As if flying through regular bad weather isn't bad enough, this plane had to go through the eye (center) of one of the most horrific hurricanes in modern history.

Currently, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm in recorded history is wrecking havoc across the Caribbean, leaving destruction in its wake. This hurricane, dubbed Hurricane Irma blasted past Puerto Rico on Wednesday after completely destroying a couple of smaller islands with tree-snapping winds, massive rains and pounding surf on a collision course with Florida.

The eye of Irma was passing just north of Puerto Rico late on Wednesday, buffeting the U.S. island territory's capital, San Juan, with heavy rainfalls and freakishly strong winds that scattered tree limbs across all the roads.

The view from the plane's window is eerie and almost surreal, like flying in a parallel universe that is gray and desolate. You can only hear the sound from the plane's engines, and raindrops hitting the windows at great speed. Nobody can imagine the atmosphere in the plane during this dangerous flight.

Check out this tense video of a flight through the eye of Hurricane Irma on NOAA42. Flights on both the WP-3D Orion and G-IV NOAA49 continue.

Credit Nick Underwood/NOAA

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