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Friday, November 2, 2012

Civil Air Patrol Flights Gauge Hurricane Sandy Damage

The Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is conducting flights along the northeast coastline to continue assessing damage from Hurricane Sandy.

CAP said it expects to conduct 16 flights on Friday, with aircrews photographing damage to the costal areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Additionally, aircrews are also performing search and rescue missions for people possibly stranded in the deep snow that fell in West Virginia.

Hurricane damage varied from state to state, with the majority of damage occurring in New York City and northern New Jersey.

“It’s a large cooperative effort between the Northeast Region and Middle East Region,” said Lt. Col. Paul Ghiron, director of emergency services for CAP’s Northeast Region wing. “We expect to do hundreds of sorties and obtain thousands of images for FEMA.” 

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