Coast Guard makes final preparations for Hurricane Alex

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard crews in southern Texas, Wednesday, are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Alex.

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi flight crews have flown over areas that may be impacted by the storm with MH-65C Dolphin helicopters and HU-25 Falcon jets. One Falcon was relocated to Coast Guard Air Station Houston to prepare for post-storm overflights.

Coast Guard rescue boats from Stations South Padre Island, Port Aransas and Port O’Connor have been strategically located along the coast to be in the best position to ride out the hurricane and to respond after the storm has past.

Aids to Navigation (ATON) boats have been positioned to be able to quickly assess the waterways and rebuild damaged navigational equipment in an effort to minimize the impact to area shipping commerce.

“We try to put our resources in the best location to be able to get back into the area after the storm and carry out any mission we may face,” said Chief Petty Officer John Rice, resources unit leader at the Incident Management Team at Sector Corpus Christi.

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