ORLANDO, Fla. - Eerie footage of the eye of Hurricane Lee, an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm churning in the Atlantic, was released on social media Friday.
Hurricane Hunters with the Air Force Reserve flew into the eye on Thursday night and were met with frequent flashes of lightning, the video shows.
"Incredible video! Classic "stadium effect" with a well defined, deep eye," FOX 35 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Jayme King said. "This really shows the true power of nature and the historical nature of Hurricane Lee. It's unreal how close the hunters got to that eyewall knowing all along that the absolute worst of Lee is right there, center stage."
As of Friday morning, Hurricane Lee is expected to remain a powerful storm through early next week, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory, though some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next few days.
"On the forecast track, Lee is expected to pass well to the north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico over the weekend and into early next week", the NHC said.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.