For the first time ever, an ocean drone captures video inside a hurricane
A Saildrone has captured video inside of major Category 4 Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic.
NOAA teamed up with Saildrone Inc. to send the drone into the hurricane to collect critical forecasting data.
The Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 has been battling 50-foot waves and winds over 120 mph. The saildrone includes a "hurricane wing" that allows it to operate in extreme winds. The video captures the winds and waves in action.
WATCH VIDEO IN TWEET BELOW:
The data collected is expected to improve forecast models that predict rapid intensification of hurricanes. Rapid intensification is when a storms wind speeds increase at least 35 mph in 24 hours.
Improved forecast models will help better prepare communities in a storms path by giving early warnings.
Jacksonville deployment of the Saildrones, courtesy of Saildrone & NOAA
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Early voting for upcoming election starts September 30
LSU students working on Library of Congress project to share Veteran's stories
Pennington Biomedical launches major fundraising campaign
Sheriff: Alleged relationship between student, teacher at Tangipahoa school under investigation
Tiger's Trail RV Resort opens in Baton Rouge