PORTLAND, Ore. - Coast to coast, Oregon National Guardsmen are on the way to North and South Carolina, responding to Hurricane Florence.
"Ready to move out in a moment's notice," said Sean Sullivan, Operations Group Commander for the 142nd Fighter Wing. He's one of a dozen Oregon Air National Guardsmen headed to the Carolinas.
"This storm has the potential to go that route," Chief Master Sergeant for the 125th Special Tactics Squadron Andrew Canfield said, in comparing Hurricane Florence to Hurricane Katrina, "Massive flooding both from the storm surge and the rain coming down."
They expect to be in North and South Carolina up to several weeks, according to Canfield. They'll first assist in any rescues necessary and then, if needed, they'll coordinate planes coming in and out of any airfields that don't have air traffic control.
"It's great to see that the state of Oregon can go in and help out other state's when necessary," Canfield said.