What were you flying?Yes. At higher cruise levels it's just a close collection of TS cells and systems that can be avoided as is the norm in the tropics by avoiding the 'hard' bits or even just overflying. You do see some neat radar scans of the eye and the tendrils.
Only a few weeks i tried it out at a mid level (15,000'). Results, not so successful we got boxed in and had to go through a tendril. It imaged on the radar as a long front of very tightly packed TS cells and very active lightening. So we picked a soft spot (less intense radar return between the cells) and headed in. Very heavy rain (maybe soft hail but hard to say), moderate/severe turbulence and we got hit by lightening. Very rough but not extreme and no limits busted. Wouldn't want to make a habit of it in an airliner.
At sea level its obviously problematic with the wind and at this point things are locked up and the airport shuts down.