East Coast Bizav Operators Keep Tabs on Hurricane Irene

 - August 25, 2011, 11:20 AM

As Hurricane Irene approaches the U.S. East Coast, Signature Flight Support is urging pilots and aircraft operators in the watch and warning areas to contact their FBOs regarding securing aircraft, and also to check the operational status of airports and FBOs. “It is likely that affected areas will experience power and phone outages, so please act early,” the FBO chain advised. Storm forecasters believe Irene will strengthen into a Category 4 storm in the next 48 hours as it crosses warm waters while advancing toward North Carolina, where it is expected to make landfall on Saturday. At present, the hurricane watch area extends from the coastal areas north of Surf City, N.C., to the North Carolina-Virginia state line. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Edisto Beach, S.C., to Surf City, N.C. WSI, which has a dedicated Hurricane Irene status page, warns that the storm could still be a Category 2 hurricane when it reaches the New York City/Long Island area on Sunday. NBAA’s GA Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center also distributes email alerts about operational issues, including those related to weather.