Hurricane Hunters Help Keep Us Safe

This week we have all kept our eyes focused on Ike out in the Gulf of Mexico. But there is a group based here in Biloxi that has literally flown many missions thorough the eye wall of Ike.

The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the Hurricane Hunters, flies hundreds of missions each year. The information these men and women gather provides the National Hurricane Center with the best data available in order to warn residents in the path of hurricanes.

To most of us flying into a hurricane would be a risky venture, but to these dedicated individuals it is just part of their job. We applaud these Air Force Reservists of the 403rd wing who spend countless hours flying into numerous storms each year.

Many of these men and women live on the Gulf Coast. They are our neighbors and very much a part of our community. This week as we watch Ike move across the Gulf of Mexico remember the Hurricane Hunters who are tracking every movement of the storm so those in its path will be better prepared.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager