Hoosiers to help out in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast. Hurricane Florence is coming closer and getting stronger on a path to squat over North and South Carolina for days, surging over the coast, dumping feet of water deep inland and causing floods from the sea to the Appalachian Mountains and back again. (NASA via AP)

From Michiana, and all over the Hoosier State, help is headed for the Carolinas as the east coast stares down Hurricane Florence.

The storm has been predicted to be catastrophic, with mandatory evacuations and serious concerns about flooding.

The region could be facing 24 straight hours of hurricane conditions.

The American Red Cross is sending more than 700 disaster workers, dozens of them from Indiana, to help out in the weeks to come.

Indiana Michigan Power will be sending around 200 contractors and employees to help restore power to the regions that are hardest hit.

Fire Department units from around Michiana, including Mishawaka, Elkhart, Warsaw and Goshen are on their way to Raleigh, North Carolina. South Bend Fire Chief Steve Cox informed Mayor Pete Buttigieg that the South Bend Swift Water Rescue Team is deploying to the coast to assist in any way they can.

On a local level, anybody interested in helping is encouraged to donate blood in the coming week.

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