Ohio Task Force 1 braces for Hurricane Michael’s arrival

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio Task Force 1 is waiting for an assignment after traveling towards the path of Hurricane Michael.

The team left Tuesday and arrived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama Tuesday night.

Task Force 1 was supposed to travel to Tyndall Air Force Base, but was rerouted to the base in Alabama.

After arriving, team members did prep work on boats and gear.

The team will remain at Maxwell Air Force Base until Hurricane Michael makes landfall and moves inland.

Ohio Task Force 1 deployed with a 16-member water rescue team. It is capable of operating for 24 hours.

In addition to the Alabama team, two additional members are deployed with the Incident Support Team as staff, working out of Pensacola.

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category Four storm as it approached to the Florida panhandle and big bend area. The storm is projected to be one of the strongest to ever make landfall in this area.

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