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Hurricane Hunters fly into Hurricane Joaquin

With the storm seeing 140 mph winds, hunters classified it as a category four hurricane. (Photo source: WLOX News) With the storm seeing 140 mph winds, hunters classified it as a category four hurricane. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The hunters watch storms closely whenever there is a system developing that may threaten land. (Photo source: WLOX News) The hunters watch storms closely whenever there is a system developing that may threaten land. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Meteorologist Andrew Wilson and the Hurricane Hunters flew directly to the storm to investigate. (Photo source: WLOX News) Meteorologist Andrew Wilson and the Hurricane Hunters flew directly to the storm to investigate. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The data collected gives the National Hurricane Center more information on storms to provide better forecasts. (Photo source: WLOX News) The data collected gives the National Hurricane Center more information on storms to provide better forecasts. (Photo source: WLOX News)
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It was a busy Wednesday for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters.The team flew a mission through Hurricane Joaquin to get a closer look at the system.

Master Sergeant Jeffrey Stack says that whenever there is a system developing that may threaten land, hunters watch it closely. 

"There's not as much data out there over the water, so that is why we are out there collecting data on what the storm is doing," Stack said.

Stack says the data collected by their C-130 aircraft they fly into the storm is important because it gives the National Hurricane Center more information to provide better forecasts.

Before leaving Keesler Air Force Base, the storm was upgraded to a category 3 hurricane overnight on Tuesday.

"It had actually gotten a little bit stronger as we were flying it," Stack said. "So it was one of those we were trying to see, help out to find out where it's going to be going how strong it's going to be."

While flying through the storm, the hurricane hunters instruments recorded near 140 mile per hour winds, ranking it as a category four hurricane. Stack says with it's current strength and path, he expects the Hurricane Hunters to be flying more missions into the storm.

"Until it starts curving back out to the northeast, or goes over land and stays over land, we'll be flying it over the next few days," Stack said.

For an inside look at the storm as it progresses, click here to follow Meteorologist Andrew Wilson on Facebook.

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