September 27, 2004
Hurricane Jeanne, the fourth hurricane to hit Florida this season, made landfall near Stuart, Florida, just miles from where Hurricane Frances hit Labor Day weekend.
Once again, Witham Field (SUA) in Stuart received the brunt of the hurricane. Many aircraft had evacuated south to Key West or to points north. But Jeanne's Category 3 hurricane winds flipped some aircraft that remained behind and collapsed several hangars. More aircraft were flipped at nearby Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).
The FAA has issued a notam for all of Florida from the ground to 2,500 feet, requesting that pilots refrain from flight in "common knowledge disaster areas" in order to avoid interference with disaster relief efforts.
Jeanne was neither as big as Frances nor as powerful as Ivan and Charley, but still it cut a 400-mile-wide swath across Florida.
Major airports across Florida were open Monday. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Daytona Beach International (DAB) escaped with minimal damage, while Melbourne International (MLB) sustained moderate damage.
AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Robert Johnston says Lantana Airport (LNA) received minimal damage, but some aircraft ailerons and rudders were damaged, and "one derelict Cessna 150 overturned." One T-hangar door was damaged, but no aircraft were inside.
Cape Canaveral was hit for a third time, and the Kennedy Space Center had more exterior panels blown off a building where spacecraft are assembled, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Frances ripped off an estimated 1,000 panels and caused other damage that NASA said could delay the resumption of space shuttle flights.
September 27, 2004
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