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Somehow birds got trapped in the eye of post-tropical cyclone Hermine

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Somehow, potentially thousands of birds got trapped in the eye of Hurricane Hermine, which has now been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. 

The birds were spotted over Florida last Friday as Hermine made landfall, according to Mashable. 

Weather radar even showed the flocks of birds trapped in Hermine's eye. 

As surprising as this may sound, this isn't the first time birds have been trapped in the eye of a storm. 

According to the Washington Post, the same thing happened in 2014 when Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina. 

And well, they end up in the middle of a hurricane about the same way you'd expect, according to birding expert and "Audubon" field editor, Kenn Kaufman

"The birds get into the end of the hurricane's spiral and they move toward the eye of the hurricane," Kaufman explained in an article. "They may not necessarily do that in any organized way; more likely they're out there in all this wild wind and when they chance into the calm of the eye they may make an effort to stay there and travel with it rather than fighting the winds again."


"When the storm reaches land, some of them may start fighting the winds. Others may go with it and travel with the eye until the hurricane dissipates," he continued. "The majority of seabirds, if they are not too weakened from having flown for so long without food, will probably find their way back to shore quickly. They have great powers of navigation."

Hopefully, all those birds made it out. 


Hermine is moving up the Eastern Seaboard and began shifting east Sunday. 


Meteorologists told CNN this will lessen the storm's impact on New Jersey, Delaware and New York City, but will likely increase the threat of bad weather for parts of Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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