Nelson's Bill Requiring Backup Hurricane Jets Passes Senate

Mar 31, 2017

Legislation by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, is moving from the Senate to the U.S.House. It requires backup jets to be available to gather hurricane atmospheric information.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has aircraft called Hurricane Hunters. A jet measuring the intensity of Hurricane Hermine was grounded for several days last year undergoing emergency repairs. Nelson said he hopes to have a backup jet in place for this hurricane season to protect lives and property.