Inside the hurricane that caused $5 billion in damage to one Air Force base
This Air Force base will never be the same.
Editor’s Note: This article is part of War and Climate Week, a series of stories exploring how the U.S. military is coping with extreme weather, sea-level rise, and a warming globe.
When Hurricane Michael struck in October 2018, it wreaked havoc on Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base. Its 160-mile-per-hour winds hammered everything in its path, and across the 29,000-acre base, hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed, costing the service $5 billion in repairs, in addition to disrupting operations. The hurricane is one of the most devastating, and costly, extreme weather events to strike a military installation in recent years. Learn all about it below:
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