05 Sep '17, 9pm

With Irma approaching, personnel at GITMO are staying put, NAS Key West set to evacuate.

With Irma approaching, personnel at GITMO are staying put, NAS Key West set to evacuate.

With Hurricane Irma approaching, Navy officials have decided against evacuating the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but are ordering an evacuation of non-essential personnel at Naval Air Station Key West, Navy officials said Monday. Irma, now classified as a Category 5 storm, is expected to pass just to the north of Guantanamo. “We’re just watching it like everybody else. The plan is to shelter in place,” said Bill Dougherty, spokesman for Navy Region Southeast. “We’re watching it to see if it speeds up or slows down — current track puts the storm north of the island.” The base is located on the southeastern side of Cuba and is home to roughly 5,000 military members and their dependents. Last year, Hurricane Matthew forced nearly 700 family members to evacuate when the storm came very close to the base. The current track of Irma, however, does put Naval Air Station Key...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2017/09/05/no-irm...

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