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Joint NORAD/North Pole News Release
December 23, 2014
NORTH POLE -- Sources tell WCTV that Santa Clause is making the final adjustments on his sleigh and he is preparing to make his voyage around the world with his eight reindeer.
It was reportedly a busy year in the North Pole, one of the busiest in recent memory. A spokesperson with Santa's Workshop estimated that toy production may be nearing an all time high and is up 4.5% from Christmas of 2013.
"It was definitely a hectic year for us," one Elf, who did not wish to be identified, told WCTV. "Probably one of the busiest seasons I've seen since I started working here, and that was a few hundred years ago."
Not only has it been a busy year at the North Pole, but officials at the NORAD Tracking Center have been busy estimating Santa's ETA at various locations across the world.
Military officials assigned to track Santa's progress on Christmas believe that he will be entering North Florida or South Georgia airspace sometime around midnight Thursday.
Officials say that tracking Santa is not as difficult as it used to be.
"With several of the recent advancements in technology and improved accuracy of locating GPS signals, tracking Santa has definitely become a more exact science over the past decade," said an anonymous source at NORAD. "We usually have a pretty good idea, within a few meters, of where Santa is."
Santa is expected to leave the North Pole and head toward the International Date Line early Wednesday morning before making his way around the world.
Experts think Santa will make his way through the United States and Canada early Christmas morning before heading back to the North Pole.
WCTV is following this story and will update it as more details become available. Santa's progress can be tracked at the top of this article.
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