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Orange County Firefighters Head To Texas To Assist With Hurricane Harvey

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A road sign warning of the impending hurricane. (Photo by Scott Raedle / Getty Images)
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Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and projections map it as a category 3 storm and possibly the worst hurricane to touch American soil since Katrina. The storm has the potential to inflict serious damage in southern Texas. As such, a group of Orange County firefighters are making the trip down south to assist with search and rescue.

The O.C. Register reports California Task Team 5 started the 18-20 hour journey just after midnight Friday. The team includes 45 personnel from the Orange County Fire Authority and the Anaheim and Orange fire departments. They're heading to the AT&T Center in San Antonio, where first responders have set up a command center for evacuees fleeing the storm.

The responders are trained in search and rescue operations in a disaster environment, according to CBS, and are bringing dogs, equipments, and boats. Other task forces from Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah are making the trip as well, according to NBC.

A separate Los Angeles-based task force is on standby, according to City News Service, as well as another task force from the Oakland area.