LAKELAND, FLORIDA (WFLA) –As the hurricane season gets busier, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is getting better at watching storms from above, inside, and below.

Hurricane Hunters, based in Lakeland, have been sending specially equipped P-3 planes into storms to collect data that the National Hurricane

Center uses to make predictions. But there are people on those planes, and some places are too dangerous for them to go.

What could happen if Tropical Depression Nine hits Tampa Bay? 
NOAA has been building a drone programme with three parts: ocean gliders that go underwater,

saildrones that fly on the surface, and now drones that fly in the air. The NOAA Uncrewed Systems Operations Center's director,

CAPT Philip Hall, said, "We have the uncrewed aircraft system, the Area I Altia 600, which has been tested successfully,

and we certainly hope to deploy it in a storm within the next week if the chance comes up."

CAPT Hall thinks that the flying drones will be used during the big storm that is coming to Florida next week.

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