Deployment of NY Guardsmen, Troopers to Caribbean on Hold

Members of the Tennessee and New York National Guard load a UH-60 Blackhawk into a C-17 aircraft carrier Sept. 13, 2017 at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tennessee. (Tennessee National Guard photo/Spc. Lauren Ogburn)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The deployment of more than 100 members of the New York Army National Guard and state police to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help with hurricane recovery efforts is on hold because of another storm approaching the region.

National Guard officials say Monday that the departure of 100 soldiers in a Buffalo-based military police unit and 30 troopers has been delayed because of Hurricane Maria, which has strengthened into a Category 2 storm as it pushes toward the eastern Caribbean.

The New York contingent was set to depart from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station aboard a military aircraft for St. Thomas, one of several Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was sending aid to the U.S. Virgin Islands during a one-day visit to the U.S. territory last Friday.

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