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Maryland sends helicopter rescue team to North Carolina, opens shelters for Hurricane Florence victims

Maryland sends helicopter rescue team to North Carolina, opens shelters for Hurricane Florence victims

As Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina with deadly force Friday, trapping hundreds of residents in attics and on rooftops, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent a National Guard helicopter rescue team to help first responders there, and the state opened shelters for any evacuees who may have fled north.

The shelters, in Prince George’s and Queen Anne’s counties, were also meant to ensure the state is ready when Florence’s remnants are forecast to turn northward in the coming days. The forecast for early next week was still unclear Friday, but suggested a post-tropical depression could pass over West Virginia into Pennsylvania on Monday and Tuesday.

“As coastal states feel the...

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