US orders ships to sea, coast braces for hurricane
Hatteras: The US Navy today ordered all
its ships away from its huge port at Hampton Roads, Virginia,
as the eastern US seaboard braced for the destructive-strength
"Ships will make final preparations overnight in
anticipation of getting underway early August 25 (Friday)," a
Navy statement said.
Vice Admiral Daniel Holloway, commander of the US 2nd
Fleet, said that the decision to send the ships from Hampton
Roads is based on Hurricane Irene`s current track that
indicates the storm will produce at least 50 knots of wind and
a large storm surge.
Irene is a category three hurricane on the five-level
Saffir-Simpson scale, and is forecast to strengthen to a
category four storm with winds of 217 kilometres per hour by
the time it reaches the US coast over the weekend.
Along the coastline North Carolina, directly in Irene`s
path as its forecast to skirt north, officials ordered
mandatory evacuations for tourists.
"The forecasted destructive winds and tidal surge is too
great to keep the ships in port. There is a much greater
potential of not only the ships being damaged, but also the
pier infrastructure," said Holloway, adding that the ships
would fare better storms of such magnitude out at sea.
"Having the ships underway also makes them ready and
available to respond to any national tasking, including any
needed disaster response efforts in the local area after the
storm has passed," he said.
The National Weather Service puts the hurricane either
making landfall on the Outer Banks or skirting just east of
the barrier islands.
Sparsely populated in the winter, many of the islands are
a popular tourist destination in the summer.
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