Navy to evacuate ships from Norfolk area ahead of Hurricane Florence

Navy to evacuate ships from Norfolk area ahead of Hurricane Florence

The U.S. Navy has ordered 30 ships, likely including nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, to take to the seas as Hurricane Florence approaches from the Atlantic with 115 miles per hour winds.

Florence has grown to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130mph as it descends upon the southeastern seaboard of the US.

With Tropical Storm Florence headed for the East Coast, the U.S. There are almost 30 ships preparing to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek as Hurricane Florence is forecasted to bring high winds and rain to the Mid-Atlantic coast.

"Ships will be directed to areas of the Atlantic where they will be best postured for storm avoidance", another release read.

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"Our ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are underway", said U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Adm. Christopher Grady in a news release.

Some ships will not get underway due to ongoing maintenance. Commanders have several options for ships that stay in port, which include additional mooring and storm lines, dropping the anchor, and disconnecting shore power cables. Drainage ditches are being cleared, equipment is being tied down and other precautions are being taken.

Possible evacuation of Navy personnel and their families from coastal facilities in the area are also being planned, according to Fleet Forces Command.

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