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Base preps for hurricane season

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Though we've already had one named storm this year, the official Atlantic hurricane season begins Monday and continues through Nov. 30. 

An average year will consist of 12 named storms, six of which will become hurricanes, with three of those becoming major storms. 

This year is anticipated to be a below average year with nine named storms, three of which are forecast to become hurricanes, and one major storm. 

Even though predictions show a below average year, the men and women of the 78th Operations Support Squadron's weather flight are busily preparing to ensure Team Robins is aware of the threats posed by land-falling tropical features.

"Preparedness and situational awareness will always be crucial aspects to focus on during the tropical season," said senior lead forecaster Roddy Nixon, Jr. "Always remember that Central Georgia's most costly natural disaster was the result of a stationary tropical storm." 

Nixon said the risk of winds, isolated tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding are the key concerns to the greater Team Robins community. 

"The weather flight will be ready to provide comprehensive meteorological support and services to provide senior Robins leadership and key decision makers with the information needed to ensure safety, resource protection and response readiness," he said.

It's highly suggested that all Robins-affiliated personnel and their families take time to review the information at www.robins.af.mil/library/weather.asp. Severe Weather Awareness information is located on the right hand side of page. 
This information is a provided via a collaborative effort between the Robins Weather Flight, the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross.