MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters left the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.
The Navy said the helicopters are being re-positioned to Naval Station Norfolk “for potential rescue/relief missions if tasked for Defense Support of Civil Authorities if required in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.”
Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said the storm stalled about 35 miles west of Myrtle Beach, moving forward at just 2 mph, with top sustained winds of 50 mph.
(Video courtesy of the Navy)
More than 2 feet of rain had fallen in places. Forecasters said forecasters there could be an additional 1½ feet by the end of the weekend.
Rivers and creeks rose toward historic levels, threatening flash flooding that could endanger dams, roads and bridges.
North Carolina is forecast to get 9.6 trillion gallons, according to the National Hurricane Center.