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It could be a conference call at any of our offices. But this is a practice session.

The exact way a call between southeastern Naval installations goes when a hurricane is bearing down.

"You gotta practice like it's the real thing, you can't do it when it's hitting the fan," said Admiral Jack Scorby.

Scorby simulates the fan hitting moment: Two tropical systems making landfall.

And how NAS Jacksonville will lead the charge with the other bases around the region.

"So when the real thing hits we will be ready, and we will be ready," he said.

They make decision on when each base should evacuate people and equipment.

"Storm surge is something we are concerned about. It's the water."

All based on forecasts by their meteorologist team in Norfolk, Virginia.

And while you may not be able to hear so clearly through the speaker phone, that's a North Florida accent.

Lt. Allison Maybrey is the Navy meteorologist in charge of briefing the entire southeast region.

She graduated from Clay High in 2003, went to the Naval Academy and now has the task of keeping the NAVY ahead of the storms.
Something, the admiral says she does admirably.

"She did an awesome job, Allison and the fleet weather center in Norfolk do great, you heard her voice today, she did a fantastic job as always," Scorby said.

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