Mississippi Sends Teams to Help with Hurricane Florence

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — About 60 National Guardsmen, firefighters and search and rescue teams from 22 Mississippi communities have been sent to areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Virginia is paying for deployments to that state under an interstate emergency assistance compact. Soldiers from Meridian will provide post-storm airlift support for relief using two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and members of the Mississippi Air National Guard are deploying to Florida to assist in relief planning and coordination. Meanwhile the University of Southern Mississippi’s football game at Appalachian State tomorrow has been canceled as weather conditions in Boone are expected to deteriorate with heavy rains and gusty winds that could be dangerous for people trying to leave the stadium after the game. No date has been announced to reschedule the contest.


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