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Watch: Hurricane Hunters fly into Matthew, break into eye of the storm

A crew member stands underneath a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration G-IV hurricane hunter aircraft, which is on display for the public, at New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The NOAA G-IV is part...
A crew member stands underneath a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration G-IV hurricane hunter aircraft, which is on display for the public, at New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The NOAA G-IV is part... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)
NOAA Hurricane Hunters Fly Into Hurricane Matthew 06 OCT 2016

The crew just returned from a very turbulent flight into the powerful #HurricaneMatthew on WP-3D Orion #NOAA43. Take a first hand look at the flight through the eyewall and into the eye of the storm. If you are in an area that may be impacted by the storm, we urge you to follow the guidance of your local emergency managers and check hurricanes.gov on a regular basis for the latest advisories. Credit: CAPT Tim Gallagher/NOAA

Posted by The NOAA Hurricane Hunters on Thursday, October 6, 2016

Matt Jaworowski, Media General National Desk – >>App users can watch the video here

(MEDIA GENERAL) – NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, uploaded some amazing footage from one of their Hurricane Hunter research flights into Hurricane Matthew.

The video shows the research crew flying through the storm, bouncing around, as rain pounds their windshield before breaking through into the eye of the hurricane.

The Hurricane Hunters conduct research using special aircraft that gather more information on storms and help track changes to generate more accurate forecasts.

Hurricane Matthew approached the East coast of Florida on Thursday night and is expected to ride the coastline of Georgia late Friday and South Carolina on Saturday before turning back east. Forecasters are expecting heavy winds and rain as well as a dangerous level of storm surge in some areas that could cause catastrophic flooding.