The gigantic storm is expected to make landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., Monday evening and proceed up the east coast, pummeling the area with strong storm surge, high winds and heavy rain. The effects of the late-season storm are expected to be felt as far away as Ohio and the spinoff from a cold front coming in from the West and an arctic front from Canada is expected to bring heavy snowfall to West Virginia and other areas.
Robins spokesperson Chrissy Miner said Monday that requests from two units were received on Friday. A Guard wing from Savannah asked for ramp space for six C-130s and accommodations for crew members, but the request was cancelled when the storm track avoided the Georgia coast.
The second request from a Maryland Guard unit included accommodations for one C-27 transport and related crew.
“That mission arrived on station Saturday at 7:30 p.m.,” Miner confirmed.
The Air Force Association is reporting a number of steps to escape the path of Hurricane Sandy or to limit its effects. According to AFA, the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., has evacuated its C-17s and KC-10s. The C-17s flew to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., while the KC-10s transitioned to Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.
Dover Air Force Base, Del., has issued a limited evacuation order for some housing residents and restricted driving on base, AFA reported. Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., has limited base access to all but mission-essential people through Oct. 29. Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., also is closed to all but mission-essential workers as well.