Rare video shot inside the eye of Hurricane Michael (by Stefan Melendez)

Rare video shot inside the eye of Hurricane Michael (by Stefan Melendez)

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  1. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go from 150 mph winds to this in a matter of minutes – especially knowing that the 150 mph winds are coming back in just a few minutes.

    Edit: my parents went through the eye in hurricane Charley in 2004. Here’s the video of it. https://vimeo.com/294481789 – I was in Orlando at the time, and we got the storm, but not the eye.

    **Edit2: I decided to go ahead and uplaod the full video, in case anyone cares. It’s about 45 minutes long. Near the end, you can see the devistation that took place in Punta Gorda / Charlotte Habor, with many buildings being completely destroyed https://vimeo.com/294494212**

  2. For clarification, I’m not the guy who shot the video.
    All credit goes to Stefan Melendez who initially live streamed this on facebook (I cannot share the link because of the rules).
    I’m not sure how livestreaming on facebook works. Hopefully, the video saves in original quality on the smartphone and the fine gentleman can post the video in proper quality at a later date.
    Stay safe everyone!

  3. I was lucky enough to be in the eye of a Cat 2 (I think it was Irene 1999) and went outside to see it. I was fairly young, but I remember it being eerily calm and perfectly clear looking straight up, but just surrounded by gray scariness. Glad I got to see it, but it’s not wise to ever go out in a storm like that. I would’ve killed for a drone…

  4. I wish I knew this was rare. I was in a similar situation and didn’t know enough to appreciate the situation. I was in Okinawa at the time around 2003 when we had a base lock down and warnings. They stocked all the barracks with water and MRE’s and we had to have our flak and kevlar near us at all times. Since we knew the power would go out, we stocked up on candles, junk food, alcohol, and board games. When there was a calm in the storm we went out and saw something similar. We were too drunk to appreciate it. Also, disposable cameras were the best thing we had at the time. We did end up jumping out the window when the storm came back and played human kite with a poncho and 550 cord.

  5. I experienced this during Fraces or Wilma, can’t recall, but it was super trippy to see how calm it got after having gone through the crazy winds. After the hurricane we spent weeks without power. Crazy times. Good luck to everyone out there

  6. This is incredible. It reminds me of when the indecisive [Hurricane Erin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Erin_(1995)) hit in 1995. The eye passed directly over our house. We lived in a rural area, and I remember that the trees were actually dry on one side, due to the side-blowing rain. Then, suddenly, there was nothing. It was quieter than I had ever heard the outdoors, so much so that it was eerie. After a few hours, the sun came out and the wind stopped. But it was strange. There were no birds, no squirrels, no insects, no other life around. I realized that their presence was the kind that you would normally, even unknowingly, take for granted. You could hear (like in OP’s video) a very distant whirring of wind after a few minutes, but that was literally the only sound. You knew it wasn’t over, but you weren’t entirely sure that you weren’t losing your mind either. Then, about 20 minutes later, the back wall of the hurricane came and all the chaos resumed at once. For weeks, I found and cared for baby squirrels, birds, and other small animals. I’ll never forget it. So strange, and such a reminder of your place in the natural order of things. Mother Nature is boss.

  7. I wish he took a video of the transition back into the hurricane at the eyewall. It is insane how fast you get right back to it from the total calm.

    Source: Am Floridian, hunkered down through 3 direct hits.

  8. Been in the eye twice in my lifetime(Houston area). After a thrashing , and even being fully cognizant that the other half is coming, you cannot help but letting some hope creep into your mind. You know you shouldn’t, but psychologically you just can’t help it. The peacefulness is such a contrast from what you just experienced for the last 3 hours. Then the other side hits and you just feel so defeated. The 2nd side feels 2x longer. Time moves so slow; it just sucks!

  9. it’s amazing he has the ability to upload it to vimeo.

    power outages are the main drag of being in a hurricane. FPL can go fuck itself.

    if you don’t have power you don’t have internet. if the cell towers go out, you don’t have your data plan either.


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