NOAA Pilots Fly Into Hurricane Matthew

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This is the incredible moment NOAA pilots flew directly into the eye of Hurricane Matthew on Friday.

If it does, it will break an 11-year streak of no major hurricanes making landfall in the U.S.

Birds were also detected on radar inside the eye of Hurricane Hermine on September 1.

"The birds get into the end of the hurricane's spiral", it said.

Typically we'd say something along the lines of "don't try this at home" when sharing videos like these, but I have a feeling we're not going to need to do that this time.

The eye of the storm is the region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones.

Asked what the chances were of the birds surviving, he said: 'Seabirds can put up with very high winds but some of the smaller birds, the warblers and thrushes, may struggle and their energy reserves will drop away quicker as they try to keep up with the eye'.

The suspected birds are believed to be seagulls and other birds that fly inside the eye of the storm in an effort to get away from the storm's strongest parts. As Charles Kennedy, president of the South Alabama Birding Association told NPR in 2005, hurricanes "offers some opportunities to see birds in unusual places that you might not see". Regarding bird mortality, they mentioned that that probably many birds die in the storms. Up to 1 million customers in Florida, 250,000 in Georgia, and about 200,000 in SC are without electricity. That's nirvana for bird watchers, he said, who follow storms, especially hurricanes, with the hope of marking a few new species off their bucket lists.