Arkansas to send helicopters, National Guardsmen to Florida after Hurricane Michael

A boat and a home swept onto U.S. 98 in the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael (Photo: KATV)

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday that helicopters and National Guardsmen from the state were headed to Florida to help search and rescue efforts after Hurricane Michael.

Hutchinson tweeted that he'd authorized the deployment of two Black Hawk helicopters and 10 National Guard personnel.

"Arkansas is working to help our neighbors in wake of #HurricaneMichael," he tweeted.

The state joins a number of private organizations and nonprofit groups from Arkansas that have sent people and equipment to the Florida Panhandle.

Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas and Entergy Arkansas have dispatched more than 200 electrical workers combined to the region. The American Red Cross said six volunteers from Arkansas were headed to areas affected by the hurricane. Rogers-based Sheep Dog Impact Assistance said it will deploy a team this week to help with debris and waste removal.

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Fla., southeast of Panama City Beach, early Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. The storm caused devastating damage and left at least five people dead.

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