Teams from Pennsylvania head out to help with Hurricane Irma

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 6, 2017 6:28 PM

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers load bottled water onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter September 1 at Fort Indiantown Gap in preparation to depart for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Texas. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Zane Craig)

(Harrisburg) -- 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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