Topeka-based Guardsmen brace for Hurricane Irma

(Source: Kansas National Guard)
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (WIBW) -- Members of the Kansas National Guard want their family and friends to know they are safe and well as Hurricane Irma bears down on Guantanamo Bay, where they are stationed.

“Right now, the current trajectory of Hurricane Irma has her passing to our north. This trajectory will keep the worst of the storm surge away from our island, but still keep us in the outer rings,” said Capt. Nicky Inskeep, Commander of the 35th Military Police Company.

Inskeep says they don't expect the winds to exceed 50 mph where the company is in Cuba. Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean.

However, Inskeep did warn the hurricane may affect their communications "for a while."

"We have solid plans and we will all be sheltered for the duration of the storm,” said Inskeep. “The safety and well-being of your soldier is my number one priority.”

Soldiers have prepared for the storm by moving all of their items away from windows, securing all loose items around the buildings, backing up computer files, and covering up all of their workstations.

The company was deployed to Guantanamo last March. They are expected to be gone for nine-months, the National Guard.