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PostSaving Marine Corps Aircraft from Hurricanes (Michael Sullivan, USA, 10/10/18 4:03 pm)
Cherry Point, North Carolina's runways are at 29 ft. MSL (mean seal level) and the base is surrounded by water on three of four sides. So to answer John E's question about hurricanes, the aircraft that can't be hangered are flown away to bases outside of the hurricane's path.
I remember in my four tours at Cherry Point that spanned 31 years (1957-'88) flying aircraft away to safe bases and riding out the hurricane in comfort and enjoying several "boys' nights out" while the wives and kids were left to face the hurricane, but they were free from flooding in the housing areas and unless the winds were CAT 3 or higher they only had to worry about debris! The kids loved them as school was cancelled! But we pilots paid the price when we flew home as all the debris was waiting for us to clean up!
Hurricanes in eastern NC are a fact of life, and folks aren't really too concerned about them unless they are forecast to be record-setters like Florence or CAT 3 and above. They just go about their business and take whatever post-hurricane actions are required. When they're concerned many evacuate to safe areas.
I think the old hundred-year flood plain where flood insurance was required was 9 ft. but has recently been moved to 12 ft. around us. Ordinances are written today to prohibit building new construction below the hundred-year flood plain. Flood insurance is only provided by FEMA, winds and rain by the State of NC and everything else like fire or accidents in the home are covered by a standard insurance company. So I have three insurance policies to protect my home!
JE comments: It's hard to outrun a hurricane unless you're in an F-4! The hundred-year storms of yore are now a monthly occurrence. Move over, Florence. Here's Michael (that's the hurricane, not General Sullivan).
Hurricanes, as Seen from Britain
(John Heelan, UK
10/11/18 3:21 AM)
Living in a temperate zone, we Brits do not appreciate the violent weather regularly experienced by WAISers living in Continental zones, although we usually suffer the tail-end of those weather disturbances (e.g. Storm Mildred--see photo) thanks to the Gulf Stream and transatlantic weather patterns.
This really came home to me on one trip to the US Midwest. Stupidly taking little notice of a Travelers Advisory warning in Colorado for the following morning, I had to drive the 80 miles from Colorado Springs to Denver airport to catch a flight home. We were the only people on the freeway with snowbanks on both sides. This brought home forcibly how easy it would be to slide off the freeway and not be found until the spring thaw. It was not encouraging to read a newspaper report of another traveler found later trapped in a wire fence a month or so later.
Our prayers are with WAIsers facing such climate dangers. Be safe!
JE comments: Thanks, John! I couldn't find a precise date for Mildred. (These days, we have way too many hurricanes to keep track of.)