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Navy orders mandatory evacuation for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba dependents ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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160930-N-N0101-001 CARIBBEAN SEA (Sept. 30, 2016) A GOES-13 satellite image from the Navy Research Laboratory Monterey Marine Meteorology division of Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1935 hrs ET. The storm has well-defined eye and was located near latitude 13.5 North, longitude 72.0 West. Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday. (U.S. Navy photo/Release)

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – The Navy has ordered a mandatory evacuation for about 700 spouses and children on board Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

The mandatory evacuation order was issued by Commander, Navy Region Southeast on Saturday.

The Navy Region Southeast is coordinating with U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Transportation Command to fly family members via military aircraft to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Family members are expected to stay in Pensacola until it is safe to return. NAS Pensacola has quarters to house the families.

Remaining military and civilian personnel will shelter in place and will aid in recovery efforts once it is safe to do so after the storm.