Incredible drone footage shows destruction of Hurricane Fiona at sea

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Incredible drone footage shows destruction of Hurricane Fiona at sea

Featured Image Credit: Saildrone/NOAA

A drone has captured some incredible footage of the raw destructive power of a hurricane from inside the natural disaster.

A brand new perspective of the sheer power of a hurricane was provided by a drone sent into the storm where it had to survive 100mph winds and 50ft waves.

This footage was captured by Saildrone Explorer SD 1078, which was sent into the middle of Hurricane Fiona to collect scientific data.

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The footage shows the poor SD 1078 tossed to and fro inside the hurricane, the first Category 4 storm of 2022.

Sailing through the storm at a speed of 9mph, at times the drone was going almost 40mph as it surfed down a massive wave.

The drones are able to go to places a human camera crew would likely not survive and get footage which is helping us understand how the hurricanes form in the first place.

Drone SD 1078 was able to get near the eye of the Category 4 hurricane. Credit: Saildrone/NOAA
Drone SD 1078 was able to get near the eye of the Category 4 hurricane. Credit: Saildrone/NOAA

Working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the drone was able to gain important information about the hurricane as it raged across the Atlantic ocean.

Saildrone CEO Richard Jenkins said the use of drones was able to provide important data about 'extreme weather conditions'.

He said: "The data Saildrone vehicles are gathering will help the science community better understand rapid intensification, giving people living in our coastal communities more time to prepare."

This is the second time one of his drones has been inside a Category 4 hurricane, with another one of the drones last year spending 24 hours being battered by Hurricane Sam while gathering footage.

Captain Philip Hall of the NOAA said the use of drones and the footage they can capture was helping them to 'better understand the environment'.

The drone endured 50ft waves and 100mph winds to get the footage. Credit: Saildrone/NOAA
The drone endured 50ft waves and 100mph winds to get the footage. Credit: Saildrone/NOAA

Advances in technology are helping us get a better understanding of the forces at the command of mother nature.

Back in 2019 aerial photography was able to capture the image of Category 5 storm Hurricane Dorian, preserving the image of tranquillity at the heart of an incredibly destructive force.

As for Hurricane Fiona, the mighty storm is heading north up the Atlantic after battering Bermuda and is expected to hit Canada tomorrow (24 September).

Since being filmed by the drone it has since been downgraded to a Category 3 storm ahead of contact with Canada's Nova Scotia region.

The hurricane has left a trail of death and destruction in its wake, with multiple fatalities reported in several Caribbean countries that Hurricane Fiona has passed through.

Topics: News, World News, Science

Joe Harker
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