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Ocean Drone Caught Inside Hurricane Sam Captures Intense Video

ocean wave during storm

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Hurricane Sam is currently the strongest storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, though it's fortunately not threatening to make landfall.

That being said, we now have some incredible new footage from a unique vantage point, inside the Category 4 storm.

Autonomous ocean vehicle company Saildrone teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help monitor the storm. On Thursday, they shared a video that was taken by its Saildrone Explorer SD 1045.

In the video, giant waves cause stomach-turning angles, as witnessed by the drone ship.

According to a statement, Saildrone described it as "the first video footage gathered by an uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) from inside a major hurricane barreling across the Atlantic Ocean."

The drone ship is equipped with a special "hurricane wing" that allows it to handle the storm's powerful winds.

According to reports, the drone is gathering new data that will help better predict the forces that drive hurricanes and help warn communities earlier.

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