Hurricane team to launch East Coast awareness tour

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NOAA hurricane experts will visit five East Coast cities aboard a NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft to raise awareness about storm threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan. The five-day tour begins May 2.

"The 2010 hurricane season was one of the most active on record, yet no hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. That does not mean we will be as fortunate during the 2011 season," said Bill Read, director of NOAA's National Hurricane Center. "Be prepared for a hurricane now, before one threatens your area."

Read, along with senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown and storm surge team leader Jamie Rhome, will travel with the crew when the aircraft visits Falmouth, Mass.; Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.; Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N.C.; Savannah, Ga.; and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The public and media are invited to tour the aircraft and meet the team.

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