Sunday, October 28, 2012

Planes from Massachusetts Air Reserve base sent to Florida ahead of storm

CHICOPEE, Mass. — The Westover Air Reserve Base in western Massachusetts is sending most of its fleet of C-5 aircraft to Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy.

Officials say two aircraft will remain on the base in Chicopee, Mass., while more than dozen others are evacuated to MacDill Air Force Base.

The decision was made after base meteorologists forecast gusts of up to 57 mph in the area on Monday night.

The base is also working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support any search and rescue operations.

A 30-person FEMA staging team arrived at the base on Saturday. Dozens of tractor-trailers were expected at the base by Sunday night with meals, cots, bottled water and other emergency supplies for New England.

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