Hurricane Dorian’s eye reveals just how powerful it is, complete with lightning. Storm hunters from the Air Force have been using reconnaissance planes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the eye, and they discovered that it has become “extremely intense with a stadium effect in the eye,” according to the National Hurricane Center. What is the stadium effect? Put simply, it makes the hurricane eye look like a bowl of a sports stadium. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The stadium effect is caused by plumes of rapidly-rising air swirling into the storm and moving outwards from the core, which causes the eye of the storm to become larger as the altitude above the ocean surface increases.
“Everyone there should take immediate shelter and not venture into the eye. These catastrophic conditions are likely on Grand Bahama Island later today or tonight, and efforts to protect life and property there should be rushed to completion,” said the NHC.