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Old 09-01-2019, 02:38 PM
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Exclamation Hereís what military installations are doing about Hurricane Dorian, now a 180-mph, C

Hereís what military installations are doing about Hurricane Dorian, now a 180-mph, Cat 5 monster
By: Military Times Staff - 9-1-19
RE: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/y...cat-5-monster/

Photo link: https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/8w...FZPLAGF4QY.jpg
A boy plays on the beach as a No Swimming flag flies, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Lake Worth, Fla. Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on the northwestern Bahamas as forecasters say Dorian is then expected to go up the Southeast coastline. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Weather forecasters upgraded Hurricane Dorian to a Category 5 storm Sunday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Dorianís maximum sustained winds have increased to 180 mph as of Sunday morning, up from 150 mph.

As the storm was closing in on the Bahamas, officials at military installations along the U.S. coast from Florida to the Carolina's are keeping an eye on Dorian. The storm is expected to veer sharply northeastward and track up the U.S. Southeast seaboard. Dorian may not make landfall, but authorities warn powerful winds and heavy surf would likely hammer coastal areas.

Hereís what installations are telling personnel via social media:

1. Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

The 45th Space wing declared Hurricane Condition 3 late on Aug. 31, which indicates winds in excess of 58 mph for the Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station within 48 hours. Base officials expected to be effected by Dorian Monday.

A limited departure/evacuation order was issued for non-essential base personnel no later than 10 a.m. Sept. 1.

Personnel are expected to stay in touch with their chain of command and to monitor social media.

Email: The 45th Space Wing has entered Hurricane Condition III (HURCON III) in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. In an abundance of caution we have declared HURCON III early and we are not expecting effects from the storm until Monday. HURCON III usually indicates surface winds in excess of 50 knots (58 mph) could arrive in the area of Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station within 48 hours.

We will continue to monitor the latest available data on Hurricane.

2. Site: Naval Station - Mayport, Florida

The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet ordered ships homeported at Naval Station Mayport to sortie to areas of the Atlantic to avoid the storm. Aircraft will also be moved to avoid potential damage.

ďWhen maintenance status prevents storm avoidance, we take extra precautions to best protect these units,Ē said Rear Adm. Don. Gabrielson, the commander of Naval Forces Southern Command.

USS Shamal (PC 13), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Billings (LCS 15), and USS Milwaukee (LCS 15) were expected to sortie.

Email from US Naval Station - Mayport, FL. Ships get underway from Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Oct. 30th, as #USNavy continue preparations ahead of #HurricaneDorian. Visit @SouthCom homepage to get helpful information about hurricane preparedness. https://www.southcom.mil/Military-an...aredness-Info/ Ö

Ships expected to shelter in place included USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Detroit (LCS 7), USS Little Rock (LCS 9), USS Hue City (CG 66), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

In a video posted Aug. 30 to Mayportís Faceboook page, commanding officer Capt. Jason Canfield said there was still uncertainty about the stormís landfall and to prepare to ride out the storm either in place or elsewhere.

Video link: https://www.facebook.com/NSMAYPORT/v...0376133382085/

4. From: NAS Jacksonville, Florida

In an Aug. 30 post to its Facebook page, NAS Jacksonville officials said Condition of Readiness 3 was still ongoing, which means securing items, removing aircraft from flight lines and securing boats and work spaces. Installation services were expected to remain open under normal operating hours through the weekend.

In a post on Aug. 31, personnel were encouraged to stay in contact with their chain of command, and to monitor social media and local media as it was unclear whether Dorian would make landfall.

Aircraft were ordered to evacuate or secured in hangars on Aug. 29.

Email from NAS Jacksonville, FL: UPDATE: #USNavy aircraft assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., have been ordered to evacuate or be secured in hangars as #HurricaneDorian heads toward Floridaís Atlantic Coast. FILE PHOTOS.https://www.navy.mil/submit/display...._campaign=Misc Ö

5. MacDill Air Force Base, Florida

On Sunday, base officials said personnel should report to work on Tuesday after favorable forecasts for the Tampa Bay area. When it looked like the storm would plow through Florida, the base evacuated itís KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling jets to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. Commanders and supervisors are encouraged to allow for liberal leave, and base services will be open on time. However, personnel were still encouraged to remain prepared.

6. Fort Stewart, GA

In a Sept. 1 tweet from the Georgia Army postís account, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield encouraged personnel to prepare for the storm, as it remained in Dorianís error cone Sunday morning.

Email from Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield: Dorian update. Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield remains in the error cone. We could see impacts mid to late next week and residents are still encouraged to prepare for any potential impacts to our area. Use http://www.511ga.org/ for a real-time snapshot of road conditions.

7. Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina

Base officials expected to feel the effects of Dorian around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Aircraft were expected to be evacuated Monday.

Video link: https://www.facebook.com/20FighterWi...2560765326969/

8. Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

Base officials said they activated Hurricane Condition 4, which calls for sustained winds of 58 mph or greater within 72 hours.

While an evacuation order has not been given as of Sunday morning, personnel were encouraged to stay in touch with their leadership and to review hurricane plans with their families.

9M. - Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina

Parris Island officials said it will likely be impacted by flooding from rain and tidal surges, and that action to harden the depot against flooding have already been undertaken.

10M. Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, North Carolina

Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and MCAS Cherry Point are still recovering from mid-Septemberís Hurricane Florence, whose winds and catastrophic flooding resulted in $3.6 billion worth of damage, destroying hundreds of buildings.

Marine Corps officials hope to escape serious damage this time around, if and when the storm passes the coast, currently projected for Thursday morning.

Lejeune is currently in Tropical Cyclone Condition V, the lowest readiness condition. ďAs of the National Hurricane Center Advisory Number 29 (1100 31 Aug 2019), MCB Camp Lejeune lies to the north of Hurricane Dorianís new forecast track but well within the stormís cone of uncertainty,Ē according to a Lejeune Facebook post at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31.

Officials are warning of rip currents at the many local beaches.

Marines are being advised to police their area, taking in anything that could be hurled by the wind, and to move vehicles out of low lying areas if the storm approaches. They have also been asked to inventory emergency supplies, leave early if they plan to evacuate ó and tell neighbors where they are going and how they can be contacted ó and to closely monitor the U.S. National Weather Service, Newport/Morehead City, N.C., and NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center forecasts.

Photo link of Hurricane: https://www.armytimes.com/resizer/-N...3UV7UHUYBM.jpg
This GOES-16 satellite image taken at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Dorian churning over the Atlantic Ocean. (NOAA via AP)

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