Missouri Task Force 1 begins hurricane rescue work in North Carolina

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Missouri Task Force 1 members have started search and rescue operations in Brunswick County, North Carolina, to assist residents affected by Hurricane Florence.

The task force is using new technology to track field teams in real time during harsh conditions, according to the Facebook post.

Working under local emergency management and public safety agencies, the team made comprehensive search maps and determined priorities on Friday.

Task Force 1 brought with them trucks, trailers, a bus, equipment and inflatable rescue boats. Both Bolivia and Leland are letting team members stay in their facilities.

The Brunswick County area is still being whipped by 25–30 mph winds and heavy rain, and has flash flood and tropical storm warnings in effect until Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The county is also under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. EST, and some surrounding counties have a tornado warning in effect.

Missouri Task Force 1 is one of the Urban Search and Rescue teams activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in the aftermath of Florence.

Three other members of Task Force 1 were activated as part of the Incident Support Team, according to a Facebook post from the Fire Protection District. Two members left Thursday to report to Columbia, South Carolina, and one left Friday headed to Kinston, North Carolina.

Supervising editor is Claire Mitzel.

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