US Navy Ships Prepare to Depart Hampton Roads as Florence Approaches

This enhanced satellite image shows Tropical Storm Florence, center, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m. EDT. (NOAA photo via AP)
This enhanced satellite image shows Tropical Storm Florence, center, in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m. EDT. (NOAA photo via AP)

NORFOLK, Va. -- With Tropical Storm Florence headed for the East Coast, the U.S. Navy has ordered ships in Hampton Roads to prepare to leave port on Monday.

"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.

If the forecast for Florence changes, the Navy could cancel or alter the preparations.

Sortie Condition Charlie was set on Friday and "indicates the onset of destructive weather conditions to the port within approximately 72 hours."

Sortie Condition Bravo was set on Saturday and indicates "when onset of destructive weather conditions to the port are within approximately 48 hours."

The Navy orders Sortie Condition Alpha when the storm is within 24 hours. This condition would trigger the departure of warships from Hampton Roads.

No evacuation orders have been issued "at this time," according to the Navy.

Not every ship can head out to sea during a storm -- for instance, it may be undergoing maintenance. The Navy says commanding officers have several options in those cases, including adding mooring and storm lines, dropping anchor and disconnecting shore power cables.

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