Officials: Mission essential personnel to report to local bases Friday

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — With Hurricane Florence barreling toward the East Coast, U.S. Navy officials say only mission essential personnel need to report to local bases on Friday 

According to a news release from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, this order pertains to the following installations:

  • Naval Air Station Oceana (including headquarters and Dam Neck Annex)
  •  Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
  • Norfolk Naval Shipyard
  • Naval Station Norfolk
  • Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (including headquarters, Northwest Annex, Portsmouth Annex, and Lafayette River Annex)
  • Naval Weapons Station Yorktown (including headquarters and Cheatham Annex)

Officials said some Navy-operated child development centers will be open Friday for mission essential personnel. Only personnel who use these facilities Friday will be charged; personnel whose children are not cared for will have fees waved.

Local military installations have spent several days preparing for possible impacts from Florence.

Personnel who live in Virginia’s vulnerable Zone A as well as 11 counties in North Carolina were ordered to evacuate earlier this week.

Navy officials ordered all ships in Hampton Roads to head out before the storm hits. Fighters jets at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Oceana were moved further inland.

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