NJ Task Force 1 heads south to help with Hurricane Laura victims

New Jersey’s Task Force One is heading south to help victims of Hurricane Laura.

News 12 Staff

Aug 27, 2020, 9:50 PM

Updated 1,336 days ago

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New Jersey’s Task Force One is heading south to help victims of Hurricane Laura.
The team of first responders deployed on Thursday after getting their orders Wednesday night.
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Laura weakened to a tropical storm after blasting the Louisiana coast with high winds and heavy rain for hours. The system that came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane is being blamed for at least four deaths and widespread damage around Lake Charles, an industrial and casino city of 80,000 people.
It is the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. this year. Forecasters predicted an "unsurvivable storm surge."
More than 580,000 people were ordered to evacuate, but at least some stayed behind. Rescuers had to wait for winds to die down before looking for survivors.
The storm is now headed toward Arkansas.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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