Navy ships, aircraft in Irene's path set to move

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Tracking Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene grows stronger, those in the CSRA and along the coast anxiously await its landfall. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 23, 2011)

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy has ordered the Second Fleet to prepare to move ships out of the way of Hurricane Irene beginning early Thursday.

The Navy said Wednesday night that the order applies to ships in southeastern Virginia. It is home to the largest naval base in the world.

The Navy says Irene's current track shows destructive winds and a dangerous storm surge are predicted to hit the area.

It says ships that are under way can better weather such storms. It also will help protect piers from being damage.

The Navy says if the track changes, the sortie may not get under way.

Forecasters have yet to pinpoint where the hurricane will make landfall. It is currently a Category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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