In just over a month, hurricane season begins. This season is forecasted to be more active than usual, so being prepared for the upcoming season is imperative. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration brings its Hurricane Awareness Tour to McAllen International Airport May 7 in order to educate the public on those providing information during hurricane season.
McAllen International Airport is one of only two Texas airports to host the 2018 NOAA tour. The free event gives people a chance to meet NOAA hurricane experts, scientists and crew members who respond during hurricanes. The public also has an opportunity board some of the aircraft that help forecasters keep the public safe during weather events. Attendees will be able to view and tour the parked Gulfstream‐IV and a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC‐130J, the “Hurricane Hunter.”
In addition to the aircraft, there will be several local and regional emergency response vehicles and other related agency and vendor displays that help provide response, assistance or support during weather-related emergencies.
“We must always be prepared for all weather-related events and hurricanes are no exception. While we were spared the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, our area has been impacted by hurricanes over the years,” said City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “Having all the information possible helps us to provide a better response, if necessary.”
The Hurricane Awareness Tour begins at 2 p.m. at the airport’s Cargo Building, located at 2201 Uvalde Avenue. Last tour begins at 4:40 p.m.
There will be no parking available at the Cargo Building. Anyone wishing to be a part of this tour should utilize the free Metro McAllen Park & Ride or park at the former Civic Center at 1300 South 10th Street. Shuttle buses will operate continuously between 1:30-4:40 p.m. from the former Civic Center parking lot to the tour location. Parking is also available on the south side and is accessible via the U.S. Expressway 83 access road.