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The crew going to Columbia, S.C., is called Maryland Task Force 1. The members are mainly from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and will operate under directions from Federal Emergency Management Agency.
They are taking food, water and other supplies to be self-sufficient, plus six boats and a K-9 crew. Their mission will likely last for at least 10 days, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire.
Forecasters with The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang are now saying Florence is a Category 4 storm that could bring very dangerous winds, flash flooding and power outages. It could be one of the most intense hurricanes to strike the Southeast in at least two decades.
Dana Hedgpeth is a Washington Post reporter, working in the early morning to report on traffic, crime and other local issues. She joined The Post in 1999.