All NOAA’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft sidelined for maintenance before Hurricane Idalia made landfall

Federal hurricane trackers were short on planes as two major storms moved through the Atlantic region. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft affectionately nicknamed “Miss Piggy” gathered data on two storms, but broke down the day Hurricane Idalia made landfall

That means the final data published as Big Bend communities braced for impact came from Air Force Reserve aircraft instead.

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed to Florida Politics only one of the Hurricane Hunter aircraft normally deployed for storms was operational as the agency tracked multiple tropical systems.

The equipment shortages and failures were first reported by The

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