FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) -- Fort Stewart is sending nine of its Black Hawk helicopters from southeast Georgia to New York state to be ready to assist with the emergency response to Hurricane Irene.
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson says the Army helicopters and their crews of 38 soldiers were taking off Saturday for Fort Drum, N.Y., about 320 miles north of New York City.
Larson says the helicopter crews will be on standby to aid emergency responders after Irene churns through the northeastern U.S. on Sunday.
The storm made its initial U.S. landfall Saturday along the coast of North Carolina.
The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters belong to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.