- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - About 80 members of an elite search and rescue team from Virginia have been deployed to assist with Hurricane Irma.

Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, also known as Virginia Task Force 1, left Wednesday for Mobile, Alabama. They will stage there until it can be determined where they are needed.

The hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida.

The team, which was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Administration, includes swift-water rescue specialists, canine units and other search-and-rescue resources.

Wednesday’s deployment comes just one day after a smaller team of 14 returned from rescue efforts in Texas associated with Harvey.

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