- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvanians with specialized skills are headed to help out with the destruction expected from Hurricane Irma.

Officials said 39 members of an urban search and rescue task force departed from Philadelphia on Wednesday for a staging area in Mobile, Alabama.

They’ll meet up with other members of the group who have been working in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.

It’s unclear how long they’ll be deployed for Hurricane Irma.

Another group, a team of eight state employees, is on its way to Fort Dix, New Jersey, to work with the U.S. Forest Service at a logistics staging area.

That’ll last up to two weeks.

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