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Hurricane hunters heading to Hawaii

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HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hurricane hunters will soon be headed our way to track Hurricane Felicia.

The Air Force is sending as many as four, C-130's to the Pacific.

The planes will be coming here from Mississippi.

They'll fly directly into the eye of the hurricane, to find out what the pressure and winds are like.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is also sending a G-4 here from Tampa.

"The NOAA G-4 jet aircraft is designed to fly around a hurricane and drop instruments on parachutes that fly down from the bottom of the aircraft to the ocean and give us vertical profiles of temperatures and winds and moisture," said Rick Knabb with the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

The data gives forecasters an idea of where the storm's headed.

The aircraft should arrive on Friday and possibly head out towards the storm on Saturday.