Tinker offers shelter to Navy jets evacuated ahead of Hurricane Matthew
Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base is acting as a safe haven for 11 U.S. Navy planes that were moved out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
The 11 aircraft — eight P-8 Poseidons and three P-3 Orions — arrived at Tinker on Thursday after being evacuated from Naval Air Station Jacksonville as the hurricane approached Florida's Atlantic coast.
The Florida Times Union reported Wednesday that several Navy ships left Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville seeking safe waters as the hurricane approached. Several other military air bases, including Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle and Texas' Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, are also hosting planes that were evacuated from bases located in the storm's path.
The National Weather Service predicts the center of the storm will move near or over the northeast coast of Florida and Georgia on Friday evening before moving over or near the South Carolina coast on Saturday.