Video shows hurricane hunters flying through the eye of Hurricane Franklin

Video taken during a Hurricane Hunters flight shows the swirling eye of Hurricane Franklin currently strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane Hunters flew into the eye of Franklin on Saturday to gather more data on the storm, which is expected to continue strengthening into the first major hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The Hurricane Hunters are part of the Air Force Reserve unit known as the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron based at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Turboprop aircraft used to fly through tropical systems help provide first-hand data to improve forecasts by the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Hunters flew into the eye of Hurricane Franklin on Saturday.
The Hurricane Hunters are part of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.The Hurricane Hunters are part of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Twitter/@53rdWRS

Hurricane Hunters made several flights to Franklin over the weekend. Video taken Friday when Franklin was still a tropical storm shows the intensity of lightning and rain from the current system.

On its current track, Franklin is expected to intensify rapidly over the warm waters between the East Coast and Bermuda.

Hurricane Hunters made multiple trips through the hurricane this weekend.Multiple trips through the hurricane were made this weekend. Twitter/@53rdWRS

Forecasters say Franklin could strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane on Monday and pass within several hundred miles of the mid-Atlantic coast.

While Franklin is not expected to approach the US coast, the National Hurricane Center is also tracking Tropical Storm Idalia as it moves toward Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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