NOAA's first all-female three-pilot hurricane flight crew researches Dorian
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A group of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pilots made history ahead of Hurricane Dorian as the first all-female hurricane hunter flight crew.

NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center tweeted a photo Thursday showing Capt. Kristie Twining, Cmdr. Rebecca Waddington and Lt. Lindsey Norman aboard NOAA 49 as they prepared for a reconnaissance mission ahead of the hurricane making landfall in the coming days.

The group took off from Lakeland, Fla., on Thursday and over nearly seven hours flew around the hurricane covering more than 3,600 miles as they gathered data on the storm, according to aviation, flight tracking and data platform company FlightAware.

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The storm, which became a Category 3 hurricane Friday afternoon and is expected to become Category 4 by the time it reaches the Florida coast, is likely to make landfall as early as this weekend.

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE on Friday declared an emergency in Florida as the state braces for the hurricane, and Florida officials declared a state of emergency earlier this week, asking residents to prepare themselves with at least seven days’ worth of supplies.

Dorian has already passed through the U.S. Virgin Islands and narrowly avoided Puerto Rico. It could hit the Bahamas before making landfall on the continental U.S.