HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is moving some of its aircraft 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. All aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Rickenbacker by Thursday afternoon.