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All passengers made it safely to their destinations.

The paper reported that when the 737-900ER plane reached San Juan at 12:01 p.m., winds registered at 28 miles per hour to 36 miles per hour - well within the safety limits for that type of aircraft.

This Delta flight raced a hurricane and made it out apparently unscathed, an fantastic feat thrilling for those with online flight trackers, and likely more nerve wracking for those with their seatbelts fastened, tray tables stowed and seats in the upright and locked position.

Irma is continuing to tear a deadly path through the Caribbean as the scale of devastation in its wake begins to emerge.

The plane flew directly from NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and then quickly turned around and came back.

In fact, three jets, two from JetBlue and one from American, tried to sneak into the nation's capital, San Juan, before the storm but were forced to turn back.

Aviation blogger Jason Rabinowitz tracked the plane's voyage using flightRadar24 and provided live commentary on Twitter, it was a nerve-wracking experience.

People in Puerto Rico know well the impact a Category 5 hurricane can have.

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The plane then took back off for New York City, under new flight number Delta 302, at12:41 p.m., safely flying away from the island in between bands of the storm 24 minutes ahead of schedule.

Delta's plane spent less than an hour on the ground in San Juan before departing, which, as Rabinowitz pointed out, is pretty darn fast.

Architect and designer Rebecca said that "nobody is in the streets" and people have taken extra measures to board up any glass in their homes and businesses.

Delta released a statement later on Wednesday praising its meteorology team as "the best in the business".

But after the almost four-hour flight, at the moment of landing, at 12:01 p.m. ET, winds registered at just 12 mph, with gusts of 22 mph.

Luckily, a hotel in old San Juan had a vacancy for her, a spot she plans to ride out the storm.

While it certainly looks terrifying, Delta says they had everything under control.

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