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FDNY personnel will deploy to Florida as Hurricane Dorian nears landfall

2019-08-30

Matt Rohrer loads sandbags in the back of his vehicle for his home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in Flagler Beach, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

The FDNY will deploy some first responders to Florida this weekend as the state braces for Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.

All 67 Florida counties are under a state of emergency ahead of Dorian’s expected landfall as a Category 4 storm on Monday.

Now a Category 2, the hurricane could be the strongest to hit Florida’s east coast in decades.

Twenty-five members of the city fire department’s Incident Management Team will head to Florida Sunday to help with logistics, planning and coordination alongside local officials, the city announced Friday.

“With Florida directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian, our members will be on the ground and ready to work with local officials to provide help where it is needed most, as they have in Puerto Rico and Texas in recent years,” FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro said in a statement.

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The Incident Management Team has been trained by the feds to oversee large incidents and emergencies like forest fires and other natural disasters.

Gov. Cuomo deployed personnel from the New York Power Authority to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week. The governor also directed state agencies to have 100 troopers and 50 fire protection specialists on standby to be sent south if necessary.