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Forecasters monitoring the 2.5-square-mile atoll's wind and temperature gauges from Hawaii said the instruments blew out as the storm approached with winds of up to 155 miles per hour and gusts of up to 190 mph......Ioke is the first Category 5 hurricane to develop in the central Pacific since record keeping began in the early 1960s and is the most powerful storm to pass through the region since hurricanes Emilia and Gilma, both in July 1994.
We simply left the engines running on the planes, opened up the backdoors and on-loaded everybody," said Maj. James Hill, 535th Airlift Squadron.
The entire process took less than an hour and the two C-17s were rolling down Wake's runway en route to Hawaii.