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VIDEO: Hurricane hunters fly into the eye of Florence

Posted at 6:50 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 13:51:24-04

Hurricane hunters are braving the fierce winds of Hurricane Florence to retrieve important data as the dangerous storm takes aim at the U.S. East Coast.

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NOAA uploaded time-lapse video recorded on Monday of the hunters' flight into the storm.

Video shows them flying a WP-3D Orion plane into heavy rain and wind but also the calm, sunny skies once they reach the eye.

The video has been viewed more than 140,000 times and shared more than 2,400 times in about 19 hours.

Florence is expected to come ashore late Thursday or early Friday, bringing a deluge of rain, life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds.