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'Hurricane hunter' shares what it's like to get up close to hurricanes like Dorian

Posted at 6:05 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 18:28:11-04

"Hurricane hunters" are pilots and scientists who fly directly into the teeth of storms to gather weather data and other usable information; the dangerous but crucial job is not for the weak at heart but provides much-needed data on the most vicious storms.

Lt. Colonel Jeff Ragusa, chief pilot at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., has been a flying hurricane hunter for 17 years and counting, and sat down to give WCPO a brief glimpse into the life of such a dangerous job.

He explains that data planes must drive 150 miles per hour slower through the storms to gather data, what it's like when (not if) the plane is hit by lightning, and the scariest parts of the job.

Watch the videos above to learn more about Lt. Colonel's experiences in the hearts of hurricanes like Dorian.