Florida Air Force Bases prepare for potential effects of Tropical Depression 16

Eglin Air Force Base prepares for potential effects of Tropical Depression 16

Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base are both taking early precautions ahead of Tropical Depression 16.

The 96th Test Wing Public Affairs Office announced that Hurricane Condition 5 was declared at Eglin Air Force Base by the commander as of 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Hurricane Condition 5 means destructive winds of 58 miles per hour or greater are possible within 96 hours, and is a level of warning used by the Air Force to assist commanders in preparing their units for storm response actions. It’s meant to focus the base’s attention on the storm and signal the start of active preparation.

According to a press release, the base is taking precautions now because of the long lead time needed for hurricane preparation. Eglin officials also advise people to monitor television and radio broadcasts as well as the National Hurricane Center's latest online forecasts.

In a separate press release, Hurlburt Field officials announced they initiated Hurricane Condition 5 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4th to prepare for the possible arrival of tropical storm or hurricane force winds beginning Saturday. Leadership has not made the decision to evacuate aircraft or personnel from Hurlburt Field, but are postured to do so pending updates to the weather forecast.

All military and Department of Defense civilian members assigned to Hurlburt Field are advised to stay in contact with their Unit Control Centers and to monitor local radio and television weather reports. Normal duty hours are in effect.

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More updates will be released as the storm progresses.

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