Kentucky firefighters headed to North Carolina for hurricane

Troy Williams, left, and Sasa Petkovic of the Louisville Fire Department load supplies into a pickup truck in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. About two dozen Kentucky firefighters are traveling to North Carolina to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — About two dozen Kentucky firefighters are heading to North Carolina to help rescue people in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Swiftwater search and rescue teams from Louisville and Jefferson County left Frankfort shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday. They will stay in Raleigh, North Carolina, while Hurricane Florence makes landfall. After that, they will be deployed to rescue people from anticipated flooding.

Kentucky Emergency Management Director Mike Dossett said the state is intentionally deploying firefighters from western Kentucky counties. That's because the remnants of Hurricane Florence are expected to dump up to 2 inches of rain in eastern Kentucky next week, which will likely cause flash flooding. Dossett said the state will be prepared if the storm comes to Kentucky.

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