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ORLANDO, Fla. — Forecasters are relying on critical information about Tropical Storm Nicole that’s being gathered by hurricane-hunter airplanes.

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Channel 9 got a chance to fly onboard one of the Super Hercules aircraft on Tuesday.

The modified cargo plane took off from Lakeland and flew straight into Nicole three times.

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The plane is full of high-tech gear to measure every aspect of the storm.

The mission for the hurricane hunters on the flight is to find the center of Tropical Storm Nicole.

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The round trip into the storm lasted 10 hours.

See the full story in the video above.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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