September 08, 2017 08:28 PM
With Hurricane Irma expected to hit Florida by Sunday, people across the country are watching.
Those monitoring the storm are able to learn of the wind speeds, pressure changes and Irma's size thanks to the Hurricane Hunters, a part of the Air Force Reserve.
It is the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes, and KSTP's Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell is one of them.
Mitchell is a major with the and Air Force Reserve. As a weather officer, she flies into hurricanes to collect data that helps meteorologists all across the country.
On Friday, as thousands evacuated the state of Florida, Mitchell flew straight into the storm.
Mitchell says she probably won't land from her flight until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, so she's getting the overnight readings of this storm in the last hours as it approaches landfall in the United States.
Updated: September 08, 2017 08:28 PM
Created: September 08, 2017 05:38 PM
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