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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti An enormous Navy hospital ship will suspend operations off the coast of Haiti's capital in advance of Tropical Storm Irene.
A Sunday statement from the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince said Navy commanders have directed the Baltimore-based crew of the hospital ship Comfort to seek safe haven until the storm has passed.
Irene is forecasted to strengthen into a hurricane by Monday as it nears the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
The 894-foot hospital ship will remain in the area while damage assessments are conducted.
Comfort arrived in Port-au-Prince late last week at the close of a five-month goodwill mission to several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.