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PA Red Cross volunteers lend a hand in Florida

At least seven volunteers from the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region were in Florida to lend a hand when Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday.

According to the organization, volunteers from around the country made their way to Florida as the hurricane neared almost category-five strength, the highest category.

It made landfall Wednesday as a category-four storm. By Thursday, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, then restrengthened to a category-one hurricane.

Distributing supplies and setting up shelters are among the organization’s priorities.

The PA Region Red Cross said more local volunteers are expected to arrive in Florida in the next few days.

The organization confirmed that several volunteers and more supplies would leave Wilkes-Barre and head to Orlando on Friday morning.

Three Pennsylvania Red Cross volunteers are also in Puerto Rico where much of the island is still without power and running water after Hurricane Fiona.