US Troops Move in for Hurricane Irma as Evacuations Underway

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Gov. Eric Holcomb has authorized the Indiana National Guard to mobilize and deploy to Florida this weekend as Hurricane Irma closes in on the coastline.

Members of Kentucky's Army and Air National Guard are headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to aid in search in rescue missions. Figures from the National Guard Bureau showed Saturday that more than 625 Guard troops were assisting authorities in the Virgin Islands. They are arriving with boats, helicopters and special equipment to help with rescues. This aircraft that is expected to be in high demand in the upcoming week throughout Florida.

- As the state mobilizes all resources to deal with Hurricane Irma's impending impact, emergency teams are staging in three areas across the state-the coast, the Piedmont and the mountains.

Eric King, commander of Sector San Juan, said that the process of reopening ports in affected US territories is moving quickly.

More than 450,000 National Guard Airman and Soldiers from across the nation are available to support domestic response efforts.

One Connecticut Guardsmen "is conducting Command Post operations at Joint Base San Antonio, supporting the tracking and controlling of air missions".

SC governor gives update on Hurricane Irma preparations
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has opened a hotline for state residents who have questions about Hurricane Irma. McMaster said he could not estimate when barrier island residents will be given the all-clear to return to their homes.

Recovery efforts were underway on Friday in Puerto Rico, where more than 1 million people and half the island's hospitals were left without electricity after the storm brushed by the territory.

While he and his crew are hoping for the best, this mission calls for them to prepare for the worst.

Still, not all military personnel are moving toward the storm.

The storm was then expected to trace the Florida Atlantic coast before making landfall again somewhere between Savannah, Georgia, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

"Mariners should submit a voyage plan with family and/or friends, ensure they have the proper safety equipment, with (personal floatation devices) for everyone aboard and flares", Coast Guard Cmdr.

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