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Shaw AFB moves military aircraft ahead of Hurricane Florence

Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 at 9:19 AM EDT
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Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane...
Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane Florence. (Source: Shaw Air Force Base/Facebook)
Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane...
Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft today in preparation for Hurricane Florence. (Source: Shaw Air Force Base/Facebook)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SC (WIS) - Ahead of Hurricane Florence's appearance in the Carolinas, Shaw Air Force Base is taking action to safeguard its military aircraft.

Shaw AFB evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft Wednesday in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The evacuation follows Gov. Henry McMaster's declaration of a state of emergency.

Shaw AFB is now at Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON 2) as of Thursday morning, which indicates that winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 24 hours.

You can track the storm by using the following FIRST ALERT models:

The information released says:

Shaw AFB is now at Hurricane Condition 2 (HURCON 2), which indicates that winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 24 hours.

The change in HURCON follows Gov. Henry McMaster's declaration of a state of emergency for South Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Florence.

Shaw AFB continues to operate under mission-essential reporting duty status due to impending Hurricane Florence.

Only mission-essential personnel should report to Shaw AFB for work 12-14 Sept. The Shaw AFB Main Gate will maintain normal operating hours 12-14 Sept. The 441 Gate and the Sumter Gate are closed to inbound and outbound traffic. It is strongly encouraged that movement on, off and around base be limited during the height of the storm for the safety of all personnel. Emergency services to include fire, ambulance and security forces will be maintained through the duration of the storm in case of an emergency.

For the latest information about HURCON changes, access the 20th Fighter Wing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/20fighterwingor www.shaw.af.mil.

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