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Watch: Flight to Hurricane Ian worst I’ve ever been on, says US Hurricane Hunter

A hurricane Hunter who flew into Hurricane Ian early Wednesday morning called it the worst flight of his six-year career. Nick Underwood has been hunting hurricanes and supporting science missions aboard the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aircraft for the last six years.

“I have flown storms for the last six years. This flight to Hurricane Ian on Kermit was the worst I’ve ever been on. I’ve never seen so much lightning in an eye. This was the eye. You can see the curvature. Understand this is at NIGHT. The light is from LIGHTNING,” Underwood, who flew with a crew into Hurricane Ian, posted on Twitter.

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“Absolutely wild. All of this in the eye, in which we circled for some time to deploy the UAS (uncrewed aerial system). 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,” the next tweet on the thread read.

Underwood also posted a short video from inside the flight, which had “coffee everywhere”.

The extremely turbulent two minutes and 20 seconds on the flight is enough to fathom the impact of the hurricane that plowed over the US.

The flight crew can be seen in the video being pushed and shoved around violently by the turbulence in their seats. Some even laughed through the storm, as terrific lightning flashed outside the windows.

Equipment and other items on the craft, including the bunks, could be heard getting knocked over. At the end, a voice is heard: “We’re alright, we’re alright.” At the end, Underwood also posted photos of the “aftermath of the galley”. Coffee spilled all over the counter, a slipper right next to a microwave oven, water bottle packs on the floor along with a towel, a bag and a mattress.

Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms recorded in the US, made landfall on the Florida coast on Wednesday, unleashing torrential rains and howling winds. Visuals from the hurricane showed reporters getting swept away and sharks swimming in the streets.

Before making landfall in Florida, the hurricane tore through Cuba, killing two and bringing down the country’s electrical grid, leaving 11 million with no electricity. The US border authorities reported 20 Cuban migrants missing after their boat sank off the Florida coast as the hurricane approached.

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