WEATHER: The Hole in the Doughnut

Northwestward between Bermuda and Puerto Rico, a hurricane was boring in on the U.S. coast. From San Juan, the Navy's "hurricane hunters" skewered through its lethal winds in four-motored planes, probing for new weather information. On one flight last week, the United Press's Milton Carr went along. His account:

"We battled the black, doughnut-shaped monster for more than two hours. . . . Winds of 140-mile-an-hour velocity slammed us once to within 250 feet of the churning seas. The pilot and copilot worked feverishly to pull out, but it was like trying to swim up a waterfall.

"For an instant, the...

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