Air Force planes leaving Virginia ahead of Hurricane Matthew

A U.S. military policeman stands in front of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet  at the Siauliai airbase, some 230 km (144 miles) east of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Two US F-22 fighter, which are part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. commitment to NATO's collective security and regional stability, arrived from their base in Britain as a show of force to help Baltic members protect their borders with Russia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
A U.S. military policeman stands in front of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet at the Siauliai airbase, some 230 km (144 miles) east of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Two US F-22 fighter, which are part of the Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. commitment to NATO's collective security and regional stability, arrived from their base in Britain as a show of force to help Baltic members protect their borders with Russia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is moving some of its planes from Virginia to Ohio ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Col. Pete Fesler said in a statement Wednesday that he’s moving 44 F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from Langley Air Force Base near Hampton, Virginia, to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, near Columbus, Ohio.

Fesler, commander of the 1st Fighter Wing, said the move is “purely a prudent measure” to safeguard against possible flooding and high winds.

About 100 support personnel will accompany the planes, which begin flying out Wednesday.

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