About 800 military family members living in Bahrain (search) will be flown home this week, days after U.S. officials announced that Americans in the Persian Gulf nation were at risk of terrorist attack.

Rear Adm. Stephen A. Turcotte, commander of the Navy's Mid-Atlantic region, told The Virginian-Pilot on Wednesday that military dependents in Bahrain will return by way of the Norfolk Naval Station (search).

One family has already arrived, but most were expected to fly in this weekend. Turcotte said the number of family members could be as few as 700 or as many as 1,000.

Many are expected to return to their hometowns or move in with relatives or friends; others will stay at the naval station for a time.