Kentucky National Guard soldiers depart for Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Irma

The Wisconsin National Guard is limiting its response to Hurricane Irma to just the 650 troops already there at the request of Florida on Tuesday

Christie will send UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, a UH-72 helicopter and crew members from the Army National Guard and Air National Guard to the state as they prepare for the storm.

Kentucky is sending National Guard soldiers and utility workers to help in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

Watching Hurricane Irma sweep across Florida along with the rest of the nation, President Trump on Sunday praised the cooperation of state and federal officials and urged residents to stay out of the way of the deadly storm.

On Saturday, a C-130 cargo plane was deployed from the Albany-area 109th Airlift Wing with medical supplies to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, the Governor is deploying Task Force 2 (NYTF-2), a specialized team of first responders and equipment skilled in structural collapse rescue, excavation emergencies, technical rope rescues, confined space rescue, and other specialized rescues to Florida.

By Friday, 8,000 members of the Florida National Guard were expected to be mobilized ahead of Irma's landfall on a path to take it northward up the Florida Keys for a potential direct hit on Miami this weekend.

While the winds of Irma didn't come as far north as NY, the call for help did reach the Empire State, and we sent back a resounding 'yes'.

"Gov. Kasich is very enthusiastic about helping out Florida any way we can", Bartman said.

Florida, along with both Carolinas and Georgia, has already declared a state of emergency as they brace for impact from the Category 4 storm and its 155 miles per hour winds.

"The National Guard stands trained and prepared to assist authorities protect lives and property", said Maj.

On Sunday, an advance party left the state, with the rest of the soldiers and airmen reporting for duty at their armories and leaving Wisconsin on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, said Capt. Joe Trovato, a Wisconsin National Guard spokesman.

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