Navy families in the military town of Norfolk, Virginia are gearing up for a possible hit from Hurricane Irene. The Weather Channel is now reporting Irene has strengthened to a Category 3, and some computer models tracking the storm's future course have the hurricane swiping the Virginia coast.
The Navy is urging Sailors to get their families prepared for a major emergency. The Virginian-Pilot quotes Vice Adm. Daniel Holloway, commander,Second Fleet, as saying:
According to the Virginian-Pilot, the Navy wants Sailors and their families to prepare an evacuation plan to leave, and an emergency kit if they stay put. That kit should contain things like a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water, first-aid supplies, and prescription drugs taken by family members.
In related news, the Associated Press is reporting military officials are preparing for the possibility of sending military aircraft in the hurricane's projected path to Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia.
WWIP-TV has video of Hurricane Irene's projected path. Take a look: