The U.S. Navy has ordered the Second Fleet in Virginia to leave Norfolk Naval Station to keep the ships safe Hurricane Irene, which is approaching the East Coast.
Thursday's order applies to 64 ships in southeastern Virginia. Twenty-seven ships are moving out to sea, beginning at 8 a.m. Another 28 are being moved to other places such as repair shipyards that are safer than the piers at Norfolk.
Nine ships are already at sea.
The Navy says ships that are under way can better weather such storms. It also will help protect piers from being damage.
Forecasters have yet to pinpoint where the hurricane will make landfall. It's currently a Category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph.
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 damaged.
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.
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