The power of Irma from above: Mesmerizing footage taken by hurricane hunters shows the sheer size of the Category 5 storm as it approaches the US

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Twitter page belonging to Air Force Reserve shared footage flying above the eye of Hurricane Irma
Video shows massive-sized clouds shaped in a circular motion
Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State on Sunday
As of Friday night, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami and is now a Category 5 storm

By REGINA F. GRAHAM
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 September 2017

Incredible footage filmed from an airplane flying high in the sky shows the unique and mesmerizing aerial view of Hurricane Irma.

The video shows massive-sized clouds shaped in a circular motion showcasing the eye of the powerful Category 5 storm.

The 43-second long clip was shared to a Twitter page belonging to Air Force Reserve on Friday afternoon and has already been shared thousands of times.

The tweet was captioned: ‘Incredible view of #hurricaneirma from #ReserveCitizenAirmen Capt. Phil Blancher. @USAFReserve Hurricane Hunters will fly ’til landfall.’

The largest evacuation in US history is underway as more than 5.6million people have been ordered to leave Florida before Hurricane Irma strikes the Sunshine State.

The state’s Gov. Rick Scott urged people who had not left yet to leave as soon as possible on Friday. He warned those who plan to stay, that they may have to ride out the dangerous storm at their own risk.

He explained that the biggest concern with the powerful hurricane is the predicted storm surge that will come along with the lashing winds and heavy rains.

Andrew Sussman, the state’s hurricane program manager, said Friday the total of those urged to flee Florida includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing.

Florida is the nation’s third-largest state with nearly 21million people according to the U.S. Census.
Meteorologists expect the powerful hurricane to hit the Sunshine State on Sunday.

As of Friday night, the hurricane is moving west at 12 mph and located 345 miles southeast of Miami and is now a Category 5 storm.

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