A Colorado crew of 45 first responders is preparing for deployment in North Carolina on Friday morning as residents up and down the East Coast brace for the impact of Hurricane Florence.
Colorado Task Force One, based out of West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, is currently staged at the University of North Carolina Pembroke, which sits roughly 80 miles inland.
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The Category 1 hurricane, dumping three inches of rain per hour, made landfall at 7:15 a.m. EDT near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., with estimated winds of 90 miles per hour.
Denver Post photographer RJ Sangosti is embedded with the Colorado-based task force and will be chronicling their search-and-rescue efforts as the storm progresses. Follow along with RJ on Twitter at @RJSangosti and Instagram at @rjsangosti