Hurricane Florence

CT National Guard Heads South to Help as Hurricane Approaches

Several members of the Connecticut Army National Guard are heading to the southeastern United States to be there to help as Hurricane Florence approaches.

As of Wednesday, Hurricane Florence is a potentially catastrophic Category 3 storm and evacuations have been ordered in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. 

And the governor of Georgia has issued an emergency declaration as well. 

Ten Connecticut Army National Guard soldiers left Wednesday morning in two aircraft, a Chinook and Blackhawk.

They'll be in Knoxville, Tennessee, which is west of storm's path.

It’s not clear what their mission will be yet, but the National Guard is prepared to lift people off roofs if needed or transport supplies like water or generators.

“Either ferrying workers in, bringing people out, doing search and rescue missions,” Sgt. Michael Justo, of the Connecticut Army National Guard said. “We’re prepared for any eventuality that we need to do that.”

NBC Connecticut Chief Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan is tracking the storm with the Air Force Reserve and the Hurricane Hunter flight, which is providing a low-level reconnaissance of the storm's exact location to gather critical information.  

Follow the path of the flight online here.  

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