Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., took part in a flight through Hurricane Irma Florida on Friday with meteorologists to collect data on the storm.
The Florida lawmaker traveled on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hurricane Hunter WP-3 aircraft to "better understand the process behind bringing Floridians and all Americans accurate and up-to-date weather forecasts when they need it most."
He posted some photos of his trip on Twitter.
In a statement, Ross thanked NOAA and stressed that he "will fight to ensure NOAA has the necessary tools and resources to continue conducting this important and necessary work, as well as provide our great state and its people with the resources and manpower needed for preparedness and recovery."
He also called on Florida residents to heed officials' calls to stay apprised of the storm and obey evacuation orders as Irma approaches the state, set to make landfall early Sunday morning.
"We must remain vigilant and prepared," he said. "I cannot stress enough the importance of staying informed, obeying evacuation orders, and preparing our homes and families for this hurricane. Protecting lives is our first and only focus at this moment."