Wilmington hurricane tracker experiences eye of Irma

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When it comes to the impacts Irma is having on Florida, one Wilmington hurricane tracker went south to keep people informed.

Heading towards the eye of the storm, that is what Hurricane Tracker Mark Sudduth does.

“That’s the reason. This, this drive and passion for studying the affects of hurricanes on us,” Sudduth said.

Sudduth has tracked 26 hurricanes in his career but says Irma has been the toughest.

“So the forecast part was one of the most different, and difficult, that I’ve ever had to deal with,” Sudduth said.

Tracking its path was hard but Sudduth was able to make his way across Florida using his tools to show what it was like to be in the center of the storm.

“The Florida goal was to set up equipment around the southern part of the peninsula that would monitor wind, and air pressure, and stream live video of the effects,” Sudduth said.

From Miami, to the Florida Keys, to Naples, and Marco Island, Sudduth set up four cameras. Two of  the cameras were knocked out by the storm but they were still able to collect data.

Sudduth says his team is made for this kind of weather.

“Because of our experience,” Sudduth said. “My team and I, no I never felt like my safety was in jeopardy.”

Irma is one Hurricane Sudduth says he will never forget.

“So the impact of this hurricane over such a huge area is what will have me remember it the most,” Sudduth said. “Um, that it is not a small isolated area where it was in and out in a day, it’s still going on. So I think the immensity of Irma’s impact is what stands out for me.”

Sudduth says after he finishes collecting data he plans on heading back to Wilmington Tuesday. Sudduth says he is going to reset the clock and potentially get ready for Hurricane Jose.

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