GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — The U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has been placed on alert with the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.
Officials are warning military and civilian personnel to prepare emergency shelters and secure loose objects that could become projectiles in heavy wind. A military statement issued Wednesday says winds of nearly 60 mph (100 kph) are expected within 72 hours.
About 6,000 people are on the base, including dozens of military and civilian visitors who planned to attend pretrial hearings for five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks. A decision was pending on whether to cancel the hearings, which are scheduled to start Thursday, and evacuate the visitors.
A prison spokesman, Navy Capt. Robert Durand, says all 168 prisoners will be in buildings that can sustain hurricane-force winds.