Hurricane Florence: WPAFB to harbor aircraft in path of storm

Hurricane Florence: WPAFB to harbor aircraft in path of storm
At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, more than 27,000 base personnel enter the installation daily. A full gate traffic study is in the process of being conducted to measure inbound and outbound traffic patterns to help improve resource management and gates changes to help with the traffic flow. (U.S. Air Force photo/R.J. Oriez)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — At least three C-17 aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Florence’s anticipated landfall later this week.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said Wright-Patt will house the aircraft, which will be flying in from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Florence continues to barrel through the Atlantic as areas on the East Coast prepare for a major hurricane to make landfall.

All eyes are on the coast from South Carolina through Virginia where it’s possible for Florence to make landfall this week.

Main impacts from Hurricane Florence are likely to be life-threatening storm surge, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Flooding from rain as Florence moves slowly onto land and weakens is also a threat for inland parts of these states.

Florence is expected to reach the coast sometime Thursday, possibly as a major hurricane, but the strong winds will arrive sooner.

States like South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are preparing for impacts later this week. Even further into the mid-Atlantic some effects could be felt from heavy rain and wind. Stay tuned in to the forecast with tropical alerts that can be turned on with the WHIO Weather App.