Kansas Task Force 1, a search and rescue team comprised of members of multiple Kansas agencies, is heading to North Carolina to continue helping with Hurricane Dorian response efforts.
The 42-member task force, which includes five firefighters from Manhattan Fire Department and two from Junction City Fire Department, initially traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday to help with efforts there. They are searching for and transporting stranded people and animals, providing basic life support and medical care, as well as supporting general hurricane response efforts.
After Hurricane Dorian, currently a Category 1 storm, ravaged the East Coast this week, it turned north and made landfall on the North Carolina coast Friday, hitting the state and Virginia with rain, storm surges and strong winds. The rescue team left Lake City, Florida, Thursday morning for Raleigh, North Carolina, where it will await assignment.
“Storms like these are unpredictable,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “Florida was very appreciative of our quick response to their request for our assistance. Now as the storm turns north and another state is in its path of destruction, we are more than willing to share our team’s resources and expertise with North Carolina and its residents as they hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”
At least five people in the U.S. have been killed by the storm. It blew through South Carolina Thursday, leaving behind flooded streets, downed trees and power outages.
At least 30 people have been killed and hundreds are missing in the Bahamas, officials said Friday. The number of fatalities is expected to rise as the extent of the damage is uncovered.
The center of the storm is forecasted to move to southeastern New England Friday night and Saturday morning, and head toward Nova Scotia later that day.