Hurricane Irene Continues Path Along East Coast
GROTON, Conn. -- As Hurricane Irene continues its path along the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for portions of southeastern Connecticut and other flood prone areas in the state Aug. 27.
The National Hurricane Center continues to forecast that Irene will remain a Category I hurricane as the storm moves up the East Coast Aug. 27 and into New England Aug. 28.
While Connecticut braces for Irene, the president has already, "declared an emergency exist in the State of Connecticut and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irene."
Meanwhile, Naval Submarine Base New London leadership and the emergency management team have taken a number of infrastructure actions, to include placing 22,000 sandbags at designated facilities and along the waterfront; securing small craft and barges; and arranging for loose and outdoor material around the base to be secured.
Commander, Submarine Group 2 conducted a sortie of the four Los Angeles-class attack submarines in port to allow them to reach deep water where they are safely submerged and remain prior to the onset of destructive winds and heavy seas.
"They will remain there safe until conditions permit them to return to port," said Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge, commander, Submarine Group 2.
As the storm surges, the submarine base is ensuring that all members of the Navy family are following the three overarching steps to hurricane preparedness - prepare a kit, make a plan and stay informed.
In a released message to the Department of Defense, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta urged all that would be impacted by this storm to take all necessary precautions.
"I can't say it strongly enough. I want all military and civilian members of this Department to ensure they are prepared for Hurricane Irene," said Panetta. "You also need to know how to stay connected to your commands, organizations or military services after the storm passes. Accountability of personnel is extremely important."
For continued local and regional information on Hurricane Irene, service members, civilian personnel and families are advised to visit Command, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic's website at http://www.cnic.navy.mil/cnrma/.