Hurlburt Field evacuates aircraft avoiding Hurricane Irma

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. --

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential arrival of 25 to 40 knot winds from Hurricane Irma, Hurlburt Field leadership called for the evacuation of aircraft only at 0800, Sept. 9, here.


Aircraft will be evacuated to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, until the potential for bad weather is over.


After extensive analysis of the path of the storm by Hurlburt Weather professionals, it has been forecasted that the effects of the storm here will not be significant enough to threaten the safety of personnel and thus does not warrant the evacuation of personnel.


The status of Hurricane Irma is being actively monitored and our thoughts and prayers are with those people and communities affected by the storm.  If called upon, we stand ready to support relief operations in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local authorities, and international partners.  Airmen are prepared to assist those in need by providing capabilities such as search and rescue and personnel recovery, airlift of humanitarian supplies, medical care and aeromedical evacuation.


Follow the Hurlburt Field Official and 1st SOW Commander Facebook pages for the latest updates at www.facebook.com/hurlburtfieldofficial and www.facebook.com/1.sow.commander.


More updates will be released as Hurricane Irma progresses.