(BOSTON) – The Coast Guard is sending a ship, a plane and a helicopter from New England down to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma.
The cutter Oak left Newport Sunday with 137,000 pounds of aids-to-navigation equipment aboard; the materials will be used after the storm has passed to repair or replace navigation aids damaged or lost to the storm.
The ship will make a stop in Portsmouth, Virginia, along the way to load more equipment and supplies.
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Meanwhile, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry and an MH-60 Jayhawk left Air Station Cape Cod and flew to a base in North Carolina, where they will await orders for rescue operations.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency also announced a deployment of a dozen people to Florida to help with recovery.