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Indiana sending response teams to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 10:39 PM, Oct 06, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Several response teams from the state of Indiana are heading down to areas that will be impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

The hurricane, with winds up to 140 mph, is expected to make landfall sometime late Thursday or early Friday morning.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday afternoon that the state was deploying two teams to support activities in response to Hurricane Matthew. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is deploying a six-person Emergency Operations Center team to Tallahassee, Florida, to help support Florida's EOC.

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Task Force 1, a federal resource comprised of central Indiana emergency responders from Fire Departments, Law Enforcement and civilians from various professional backgrounds across the state is also sending an 80 person team to help with the hurricane response. 

Duke Energy is dispatching over 100 employees and contractors to Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina. Their crews will leave early Friday morning. 

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts. 

The storm bearing down on Florida's coast is already responsible for over 250 deaths across the Caribbean.

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