Hurricane Hunter tours today

The public has the opportunity to tour a Hercules WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft on Wednesday, 23 March.

The aircraft is part of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, an elite United States Air Force Reserve Unit, which flies into hurricanes and storms to gather information for use by weather stations across North America, the Caribbean and for use by the National Hurricane Center.

The plane will be at the General Aviation Terminal, next to Island Air, with tours between 1pm and 4pm.

The crew visits four or five countries each year to raise awareness of hurricane preparations, and they also assist across the Caribbean as required, such as humanitarian relief in Haiti.

This latest Hurricane Hunter visit is coordinated by the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture, the Cayman Islands National Weather Service 
and Hazard Management Cayman Islands.

Director-General of Cayman Islands National Weather Service, Fred Sambula, said that all is in place to host the crew.

“I hope that the public will gain an appreciation of the risks involved in facing the elements to obtain up-to-the minute information on hurricanes and other weather systems,” he said.

For more information, call the National Weather Service on 244-2859.