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Hurricane Nets Activate for Nate:

from The ARRL Letter on October 12, 2017
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Hurricane Nets Activate for Nate:

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN and the VoIP Hurricane Net activated for Hurricane Nate last weekend. Both stood down on October 8.

"Nate spared the New Orleans area any significant wind damage and storm-surge flooding, but pockets of tree and wire damage and wind gusts to hurricane force were recorded in parts of Mississippi and offshore oil platforms in the Louisiana coastal waters," said VoIP Hurricane Net Director of Operations Rob Macedo, KD1CY. "Storm surge values of 3-7 feet were recorded in portions of southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, and extreme southeast Louisiana."

Nate was downgraded to a tropical storm after making a second landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi. During a 14-hour net activation, HWN members collected and forwarded ground-truth weather data from numerous reporting stations across the northern Gulf to the National Hurricane Center. "2017 has been a tough year for land-falling hurricanes," HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said, noting that the Atlantic hurricane season continues through November 30.

Macedo said some pockets of structural damage were recorded in parts of Mississippi and Alabama from higher wind gusts in severe thunderstorms or possibly tornado activity. One tornado was spotted in Orange Beach, Alabama, by an Amateur Radio operator who was in the area, he said.


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