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Tennessee Emergency Management Agency deploys over 150 strike team members to Carolinas

Hurrican Florence wind speed probabilities from Wednesday to Monday-PHOTO: NWS Charleston

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is deploying over 150 strike team members to assist with the response to Hurricane Florence as it barrels towards the Carolinas.

There will be 103 members of the swift-water rescue support team coming from cities and agencies throughout the state. These include members from fire departments in the cities of: Atoka, Brentwood, Franklin, Gatlinburg, Germantown, Hendersonville, Knoxville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Nashville, Rutherford, and Shelby County.

In addition, members from the Franklin & Nashville Police Departments will join members from the Williamson County EMA, Williamson Sheriff's Office and Wilson County EMA as part of the swift-water teams.

The 103 members will be staging in Columbia, South Carolina for a week or longer depending on the response needed.

Nurse strike teams from Tennessee will also be sent, with 22 members staging in Charlotte, North Carolina. They will be joined by 23 others from an ambulance strike team comprised of EMS members from Benton, Henderson, McNairy, Madison, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson, and Davidson counties. Two ambulance bus teams with seven personnel have already deployed to South Carolina.

TEMA has also sent seven staff members to assist in logistics and support missions.

The response comes as Hurricane Florence continues it's trek to the Carolinas with the chance of catastrophic flooding and winds in excess of 130 mph.

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