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MCIEAST prepares for hurricane season in midst of 2019 projections

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:00 am

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune – Leaders from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune gathered on May 29 to discuss mission planning, the 2019 seasonal forecast and improvements made in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.

MCB Camp Lejeune is still recovering from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall last September along the southeastern North Carolina coast impacting Onslow County and the surrounding areas with approximately 30-40 inches of rain, tropical storm force winds for a period of over 48 hours and record breaking flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a range of 9-15 storms this year, of which 4-8 could become hurricanes. Since the base is still carrying post Florence vulnerabilities, lesser storms could cause damage disproportionate with their strength.

This year, NOAA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites include three operational next generation satellites. Forecasters use the data from these satellites to make critical decisions days in advance. NOAA is making a planned upgrade to its Global Forecast System as well (the first major upgrade in 40 years) that will improve tropical cyclone tracking and intensity forecasts. Also, NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft will collect higher resolution data that will be transmitted to hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center and forecasters at the NWS Weather Forecast Offices.

From June 24-27, MCB Camp Lejeune will be conducting destructive weather training to ensure personnel on the base are prepared this season. They will be conducting drills with two response and recovery teams. One will be assigned to Camp Lejeune with the other being assigned to Marine Corps Air Station New River.

Marines assigned to destructive weather teams will also exercise shelter procedures at the Wallace Creek Fitness Center and Tarawa Terrace Elementary School. This year, the Wallace Creek Fitness Center will be a pet friendly shelter.

“We need to work as a team and be fully prepared this season,” said Col. Scott A. Baldwin, acting commander, Marine Corps Installations East-MCB Camp Lejeune. “It only takes one to cause devastating damage.”

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