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    5,500 Guard Troops Called Up in Florida as Military Bases Brace for Hurricane Idalia

    5,500 Guard Troops Called Up in Florida as Military Bases Brace for Hurricane Idalia

    The National Guard was called up in Florida on Tuesday and the was making a series of moves and precautions — including moving ships and planes, as well as evacuations — to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Idalia, a powerful and historic storm bearing down on the state.

    The Navy's in Mayport, Florida, had gotten all but five ships underway by Tuesday ahead of what is expected to be an early Wednesday morning landfall, a Navy official told Military.com. The same official said that Navy aircraft from bases in Mayport and Jacksonville were evacuated to Maxwell Base in Alabama.

    According to estimates from the National Hurricane Center, Idalia is expected to hit Florida's western coast near Apalachee Bay. The National Weather Service called the storm an “unprecedented event” that is still strengthening. “Rapid intensification is still forecast to occur today and into landfall sometime Wednesday morning,” the service said in a social media post.

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    Pentagon spokesman Sabrina Singh told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that the Florida National Guard has been called up for state active duty, with a mobilization of more than 3,000 Guardsmen in position across the state for preparedness and response efforts.

    “An additional 1,800 Guardsmen are on their way, bringing the total to 5,500 prior to the storm landing,”…

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