Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit five U.S. East Coast cities, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.
One of the stops on the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be Roanoke, VA. This stop will occur at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Community groups, media, elected officials, select local schools (schools by invitation only), and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will be given from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Registration is not required for the public tours. Due to the schedule of the aircraft crew, public tours will promptly end at 5:00 pm.