Scott Air Force Base hosts 12 C-17s moved out of path of Hurricane Irma
By ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE) Published: September 10, 2017
As Hurricane Irma chews up Florida and the southeast, a dozen C-17 military troop transport planes from South Carolina are waiting out the storm in the safety of the Metro East's Scott Air Force Base.
The massive planes were brought in last week from their Charleston, S.C., base in anticipation of the storm. After the hurricane passes, the planes are expected to return to the affected areas as part of the rescue and recovery efforts.
Scott, near Belleville, has been promoting the operation on social media.
Florida is expected to bear the brunt of the storm as it approached land Saturday night. Officials have directed 6.5 million Florida residents to leave in one of the largest emergency evacuations in U.S. history. The hurricane was moving northwest from Cuba and was expected to reach the Florida keys by Sunday morning.
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Airmen from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina land at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois after evactuating in preparation for Hurricane Irma, Sept. 8, 2017. Hurricane Irma is a catgegory 5 hurricane with winds up to 185 miles per hour and currently making it's way through the Atlantic Ocean.
DANIEL GARCIA/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO