Tue, Aug 29, 2006
Atoll To Be Hit By Typhoon Wednesday
As ANN staffers can tell you, from our offices in central
Florida... all eyes are on Tropical Storm Ernesto as it trods along
towards the US mainland. But there is actually an even more
potentially damaging storm out there, brewing in the Pacific.
The Air Force says Super Typhoon Ioke is expected to hit Wake
Island sometime Wednesday... and in order to evacuate the nearly
200 military, DoD and civilian employees at the base, they're
hauling out the heavy-lifters: two C-17 Globemaster transports,
from Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports the storm is currently about
800 miles east of the Wake Atoll... and forecasters expect a nearly
direct hit, with the eye of the storm coming as close as 14 miles
"It is expected to retain its strength," said National Weather
Service forecaster Bob Burke.
Burke added the storm, expected to be a category-five monster
when it hits Wednesday afternoon, will hit Wake Island with 140
knot winds, and crashing waves.
Located 2,300 miles west of Hawaii, the Air Force facility at
Wake Island supports the US Pacific Command. The base provides
vehicles, aerospace ground equipment, aviation fuel and other
assest to maintain aircraft for combat operations.
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