NWS Hurricane Hunter Plane Makes Stop In East

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

One of the national weather service's hurricane hunter aircraft was at Cherry Point Wednesday to help educate and raise hurricane awareness.

This was the P-3 aircraft's third stop on it's 2011 hurricane awareness tour. The P-3 aircraft is used to fly into the eye of a hurricane and gather information to help the national weather service issue watches and warnings on the ground.

"It's extremely important to get folks along the coast prepared and ready if there is a threat emergency managers relay on the information we provide to help call for the evacuation decisions and also tell residents how to prepare," said hurricane specialist Daniel Brown.

This particular P-3 aircraft has flown through 92 hurricanes starting with hurricane Bonnie in 1986.

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