Hurricane Matthew is the most powerful hurricane in recent years, topping out at 230km per hour. While it was sheer serendipity that the ISS captured the footage, a group of hurricane hunters who fly precariously near hurricanes also captured a magnificent shot of the north-western quadrant of the storm.
Cameras outside the space station captured dramatic views of major Hurricane Matthew as the orbital complex flew 250 miles above (speed x4). pic.twitter.com/nfAQuw2OQC— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) October 3, 2016
Heading out of the eye into the NW quadrant of Category 4 Hurricane #Matthew at 10,000 ft during today's recon flight. ?: ARWO Maj Spusta ? pic.twitter.com/iHY8KPqUPn — Hurricane Hunters (@53d_HHA) October 3, 2016Hurricane hunter aircrafts fly through turbulence risking death to keep a tab on the intensity and the direction of the storm.
Photo from #NOAA43 inside the eye of Cat 4 #HurricaneMatthew. Credit: Jessica Williams/NOAA pic.twitter.com/Sa2u2Tv050 — NOAAHurricaneHunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) October 1, 2016