When Hurricane Harvey blows ashore over coastal Texas on Friday, it will likely be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the rapidly intensifying storm at 11:24 a.m. Central time (16:45 Universal Time) on August 24, 2017. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Adam Voiland.

Four Coronado-based helicopters were sent to Texas Friday to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, the Navy said.

Two MH-60s each from Helicopter Sea Combat squadrons 21 and 23 and their air crews will provide humanitarian assistance until further notice, according to the Navy.

Helicopters from bases in Norfolk, Virginia, have been on scene for several days now and have rescued numerous victims of the storms flooding in the Houston area.

On Thursday, a chopper carried seven children, seven adults and four dogs to safety from an elementary school near Beaumont that had been serving as a shelter, but had flood waters approach its grounds, according to the Navy.

“Our hearts and minds are with everybody who’s suffering by virtue of this hurricane,” said Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations. “The Navy’s flowing assistance to the crisis and we’ll stay there as long as it takes to alleviate that suffering down there.”

Richardson has also dispatched the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, dock landing ship USS Oak Hill, fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Lenthall and cargo ship USNS William McLean from Norfolk to assist relief efforts.

—City News Service

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