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U.S. Air Force Airmen set up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019. Entryways and vents at buildings across the installation were sealed with sandbags in response to flood projections.
U.S. Air Force Airmen set up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019. Entryways and vents at buildings across the installation were sealed with sandbags in response to flood projections. (Nin Leclerec/U.S. Air Force)
U.S. Air Force Airmen set up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019. Entryways and vents at buildings across the installation were sealed with sandbags in response to flood projections.
U.S. Air Force Airmen set up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019. Entryways and vents at buildings across the installation were sealed with sandbags in response to flood projections. (Nin Leclerec/U.S. Air Force)
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the emergency operations center compile information for the crisis action team to make informed decisions in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the emergency operations center compile information for the crisis action team to make informed decisions in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 5, 2019. (Tristan Biese/U.S. Air Force)
Dollar, a horse kept at the Langley Air Force Base stables, waits to be loaded onto a trailer September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Dollar and the other horses were evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, along with supplies such as feed, water buckets and medical supplies.
Dollar, a horse kept at the Langley Air Force Base stables, waits to be loaded onto a trailer September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Dollar and the other horses were evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Dorian, along with supplies such as feed, water buckets and medical supplies. (Alexandra Singer/U.S. Air Force)
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Patrick W. Smith, chaplain, Marine Corps Air Station New River, prepares an altar at the New River Fitness Center, which is serving as a hurricane shelter on MCAS New River, N.C., Sept. 5, 2019.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Patrick W. Smith, chaplain, Marine Corps Air Station New River, prepares an altar at the New River Fitness Center, which is serving as a hurricane shelter on MCAS New River, N.C., Sept. 5, 2019. (Isaiah Gomez/U.S. Marine Corps)
U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Air Station New River load Meals Ready to Eat onto a medium tactical vehicle replacement at station supply on MCAS New River, North Carolina, Sept. 5, 2019. Marines work to ensure all equipment and personnel are prepared for the upcoming heavy rains, strong winds, and flash flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Marines with Marine Corps Air Station New River load Meals Ready to Eat onto a medium tactical vehicle replacement at station supply on MCAS New River, North Carolina, Sept. 5, 2019. Marines work to ensure all equipment and personnel are prepared for the upcoming heavy rains, strong winds, and flash flooding associated with Hurricane Dorian. (Isaiah Gomez/U.S. Marine Corps)
A dog peeks out from its crate at the pet-friendly Wallace Creek Fitness Center shelter which was set up in advance of Hurricane Dorian at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 5, 2019.
A dog peeks out from its crate at the pet-friendly Wallace Creek Fitness Center shelter which was set up in advance of Hurricane Dorian at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 5, 2019. (Alexia Lythos/U.S. Marine Corps)
Cots are laid out in preparation for hurricane Dorian in the Marine Dome at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Sept. 5, 2019. The Marine Dome opened Sept. 5, at 9 a.m., to provide shelter for anyone with valid installation access.
Cots are laid out in preparation for hurricane Dorian in the Marine Dome at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Sept. 5, 2019. The Marine Dome opened Sept. 5, at 9 a.m., to provide shelter for anyone with valid installation access. (Jacob Bertram/U.S. Marine Corps)
A bike rider travels along a trail in light rain ahead of Hurricane Dorian at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
A bike rider travels along a trail in light rain ahead of Hurricane Dorian at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. (Brian Lautenslager/U.S. Marine Corps)
A crew member with State Tree Services from Sumter, South Carolina, removes an unstable tree near base housing ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 5, 2019.
A crew member with State Tree Services from Sumter, South Carolina, removes an unstable tree near base housing ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Sept. 5, 2019. (Brian Lautenslager/U.S. Marine Corps)
U.S. Marines, families, and local residents of Onslow County seek shelter from Hurricane Dorian in Wallace Creek Fitness Center, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 5, 2019.
U.S. Marines, families, and local residents of Onslow County seek shelter from Hurricane Dorian in Wallace Creek Fitness Center, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 5, 2019. (Alexia Lythos/U.S. Marine Corps)
Members from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron set up a generator for an aircraft arresting system ahead of Hurricane Dorian September 5, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The AAS uses a special cable and belt system to stop jets if their brakes fail.
Members from the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron set up a generator for an aircraft arresting system ahead of Hurricane Dorian September 5, 2019, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The AAS uses a special cable and belt system to stop jets if their brakes fail. (Kenneth Boyton/U.S. Air Force)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Noah Medor, 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, puts his dog Ali, 633rd SFS MWD, into an evacuation trailer September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The military working dogs were evacuated to Joint Base Andrews, Md., in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Noah Medor, 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, puts his dog Ali, 633rd SFS MWD, into an evacuation trailer September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The military working dogs were evacuated to Joint Base Andrews, Md., in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force)
Rony, a 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits for evacuation September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Via. The military working dogs were evacuated to Joint Base Andrews, Md.,in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Rony, a 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits for evacuation September 5, 2019 at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Via. The military working dogs were evacuated to Joint Base Andrews, Md.,in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. (U.S. Air Force)

Evacuations were ordered Thursday for some Navy personnel in Virginia while residents at military bases in the Carolinas were asked to stay off roads and remain indoors as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the East Coast with heavy rain and 50 mph winds.

More than 820 people, including families, guests, and Marines and Navy servicemembers, were evacuated from the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach and Dam Neck Annex of Naval Air Station Oceana in advance of Dorian’s arrival Friday, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic said.

“The safety of our personnel and their families remains our top priority as Hurricane Dorian approaches,” said Rear Adm. Charles Rock, commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “For those traveling, please keep safety in mind and muster with your chain of command when reaching your safe haven. Roadways, interstates and highways may be congested as people travel out of harm’s way.”

Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, was about 45 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C, on Thursday and moving along a northeast track. South Carolina’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Shaw Air Force Base, and North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg were some of the military bases trying to withstand the brunt of the storm.

Camp Lejeune opened three shelters on base for servicemembers who did not evacuate and did not want to ride out the storm at home. An evacuation was not ordered, but officials recognize not all structures are fully repaired from last year’s Hurricane Florence.

The Jacksonville, N.C., area remains in a tornado watch and local officials have confirmed tornado touchdowns within 40 miles of the Marine Corps base.

As of Thursday afternoon, one power outage had been reported in an area of base housing and crews were working to restore electricity, said Nat Fahy, a spokesman for Camp Lejeune.

“While there have been periods of heavy rain, we've had no reports yet of any significant flooding but we expect that to change overnight,” he said.

Once the storm passes, damage assessment teams will canvass the area to do a visual inspection of structures, said Maj. Gen. Dale Alford, the base commander.

“Don't let your guard down. And when this storm has passed, be ready to pitch in and do what you can to help our installations recover and get back to their mission of training our warriors to go into harm's way while ensuring their families are taken care of,” he said in a Facebook post to residents.

Parris Island, one of two boot camps for the Marine Corps, evacuated its 7,000 recruits to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia, where they continued to train. A temporary power outage was reported Thursday at the base, but electricity has since been restored.

The base commander lifted the evacuation order Thursday afternoon and all recruits are expected back at Parris Island by Friday. No impact to graduation schedules is expected.

Shaw Air Force Base, located about 100 miles inland from Myrtle Beach, moved out its fleet of F-16 fighter jets Wednesday and has asked residents to remain indoors Thursday when the worst weather was expected.

Dorian’s impacts are less significant at Fort Bragg, about 125 miles west and inland of Camp Lejeune, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster relief agencies are staging supplies for storm recovery.

Further up the coast in Virginia, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic has ordered all Hampton Roads area bases go to mission essential personnel Friday with the exception of Norfolk Naval Shipyard. At Naval Air Station Oceana, sailors have spent much of the week filling sandbags and preparing the base for potential flooding. More than 26 ships left the region Wednesday to weather the storm at sea.

In Dorian’s wake, recovery efforts are underway, most notably in the Bahamas where the storm ravaged the islands. More than 20 people are reported dead because of the storm and many areas are still unreachable by rescue teams.

The Marine Corps used four MV-22 Ospreys aircraft to transport a U.S. Air Force Airfield Assessment Team into the Bahamas to assess critical transportation corridors that would help the response efforts of government agencies and other organizations, according to U.S. Northern Command. The Coast Guard has also set up a command center on the islands and has conducted search and rescue missions and flights to assess the overall damage.

In Florida, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Navy Station Mayport and MacDill Air Force Base are clear of the storm and returning to normal operations. MacDill, located on the western edge of the Florida peninsula near Tampa, welcomed its fleet of KC-135 refueling aircraft back to base Thursday morning.

The two naval stations in Jacksonville, meanwhile, are assessing the damage Dorian left behind and awaiting the return of ships and aircraft that left in advance of the storm.

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia are also assessing damage. Dorian’s impact was “not as severe as anticipated, with minimal damage and no flooding or power outages to either installation,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Husted, a base spokesman. No storm-related injuries were reported.

Teams are out assessing all areas so normal operations can begin as soon as possible, he said. The evacuation order for the airfield was lifted Thursday and families can return to base.

About 8,160 National Guard members are activated in Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina and Virginia. While some of them are working within operation centers, most troops are prepositioned and awaiting orders for recovery missions such as debris removal, search and rescue, providing transportation and assessing damage.

"We are prepared for whatever the next phase of the operation brings us," said Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for the South Carolina National Guard.

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