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MacDill Air Force Wing Evacuates Planes Ahead Of Irma

One of the KC-135 refueling tankers based at MacDill AFB
One of the KC-135 refueling tankers based at MacDill AFB

Hurricane Irma evacuations now involve more than South Florida residents taking to the roads.

The 6 th Air Mobility Wing at Tampa’s is temporarily evacuating its KC-135 refueling planes to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.

Wing commander, Col. April Vogel, called it a precautionary evacuation because of the high winds projected with the storm.

MacDill authorities do not anticipate evacuating the base itself, as of Thursday morning. But they are coordinating with Hillsborough County officials who are monitoring the storm and will provide updates.

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