VIDEO: Hurricane hunters find cloud canyon in Florence’s eye

NOAA Hurricane Hunters have been flying into Hurricane Florence for days, gathering data critical for forecasters trying to predict this storm’s next move.

Some of the images posted of the flights are incredible, with this one from Monday showing a canyon of clouds as the WP-3D Hurricane Hunter flies through the eye.

The eye of a hurricane is an area of relatively calm weather, surrounded by towering thunderstorms. Usually, a small, well-defined eye is a signature of a powerful hurricane.

In 2015, 200-mph Hurricane Patricia had an eye that shrunk to just 10 miles across.

Hurricane Wilma in 2005 had an eye that shrunk to just 2.5 miles across.

Florence’s eye has undergone several eyewall replacement cycles where the eye shrinks and is replaced by a larger eye.

According to Weather Underground, Florence’s eye had expanded from 17 miles in diameter on Tuesday night to a diameter of to 29 miles on Wednesday morning.

NOAA Hurricane Hunter video in Florence.

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