Massachusetts Team to Aid with Hurricane Recovery in Florida

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is sending a team to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle and neighboring states.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says the three-member emergency operations unit will leave Massachusetts on Sunday and be deployed for about two weeks in Florida. Two employees of the Department of Environmental Protection and one from the Department of Energy Resources comprise the team.

The deployment follows a request made through the interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Massachusetts has also sent help after storms in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Texas in recent times.

Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in 50 years, left a trail of death and destruction, and knocked out power to about 1 million customers in four states.

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