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Hurricane Arthur hits Coast of North Carolina: PRESS RELEASE

posted Jul 9, 2014, 11:58 AM by Ray Schnell

Dateline: Columbia, SC, 4 July, 2014:  While many Americans around the country were celebrating the 238th birthday of the United States of America, Cape Lookout and Beaufort, NC were being pummeled by a Category 2 hurricane, named Arthur.  This hurricane had maximum winds of 100 mph.  The Middle East Region of the Civil Air Patrol alerted multiple Wings in the area to have aircrews on standby.  Immediately, the SC Wing had a GPS FEMA friendly camera moved to the Marion Airport, and an aircrew assembled, which consisted of Hartsell Rodgers, Jim Drew and Leslie Crawford, of the Marion Senior Squadron.  They were directed to conduct an Aerial Photography/Impact Assessment mission for FEMA via the NC Wing and the State of NC.  This single support sortie was 3.5 hours in length and carried the FEMA requirement for a photograph every 2 seconds once in the search area which consisted nearby Topsail Beach, NC.  NC Director of Operations Maj. Chris Bailey was thankful for SC’s support and mentioned the high quality of the photos.