Illinois National Guard deployed to US Virgin Islands

The Illinois National Guard is preparing to help out again with another potentially damaging hurricane.

A National Guard statement Sunday said it has dispatched a C-130 aircraft to the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Caribbean.

A C-130 cargo plane was also sent days ago to help with relief efforts after Harvey struck Texas.

The Guard says its crews have transported more than 60 people out of danger in Texas as of Saturday.

Irma is over the Atlantic and on a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this week.