Imperial County residents may hear more than the thunder of local storms today as the Navy's Blue Angels flight team will be overhead this afternoon.
The Blue Angels came into town Saturday for a couple weeks to stay sharp while their regularly scheduled air shows were canceled due to heightened security around the nation following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Navy Lt. Mike Blankenship, public affairs officer for the Blue Angels.
"During the regular season in Pensacola, Fla., we fly over the base one day a week. When we train, we take over the whole base for an hour," Blankenship said. "Now with the air show cancellations, we would have to fly six days a week. It was too hard to stay in Pensacola with all the other training going on."
Blankenship said NAF El Centro is still under heightened security and the public will not be allowed on base. He said the best time to see the Blue Angels flying will be today as the squadron will spend about three hours in the air within a five- mile radius of the base.