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Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold gets exclusive look at Hurricane Hunter plane

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The USAF Reserve WC-130J used to penetrate tropical storms. Source: Jamie Arnold The USAF Reserve WC-130J used to penetrate tropical storms. Source: Jamie Arnold

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Wednesday, WMBF First Alert Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold traveled from Norfolk, VA to Myrtle Beach with the Hurricane Hunters on board NOAA's G-IV hurricane hunter plane- with an inside look you won't see on any other station.

The 2015 Hurricane Awareness Tour is bringing NOAA hurricane experts and two hurricane hunter aircraft to Myrtle Beach on May 6 to raise awareness on the impact of tropical cyclones and hurricanes, according to a news release from the Horry County Government.

School children and the general public from Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties will be able to check out the hunters from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., before they fly off to the next city, St. Augustine, Florida.

The USAF Reserve WC-130J hurricane hunter plane is one of 10 aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists to fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data for forecasting their trajectories and landfalls, the release states.

The NOAA G-IV aircraft flies at high altitude around and ahead of tropical cyclones, gathering data used in hurricane forecast models.

National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, hurricane specialists Daniel Brown and John Cangialosi, storm surge team leader Jamie Rhome, the USAF hurricane hunter crew members and the NOAA aircraft crew members will be on hand to educate students and residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness,” according to the release.

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