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Hurricane Hunters inside eye as Michael makes landfall

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron started flying into Hurricane Michael Oct. 7 and over the next four days observed it intensify from a possible tropical depression to a Category 4 storm, which made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

Maj. Jeremy DeHart, a 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aerial reconnaissance weather officer, reviews data prior to sending the data to the National Hurricane Center for Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, which made landfall at Mexico Beach, Florida, today.  The Hurricane Hunters gather data from inside the storm to assist the National Hurricane Center in improving the cone of uncertainty that comes with tracking the path of a tropical cyclone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica Kendziorek)

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