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New 'hurricane hunter' base on schedule for storm season

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Officials say they're on schedule to open the new home base for the U.S. government's "hurricane hunter" aircraft before the Atlantic hurricane season begins.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's planes are specially equipped to collect forecasting data as they fly in and around tropical storms and hurricanes. The agency's aircraft are scheduled move May 1 to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

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