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Hurricane Michael Preps on Delmarva

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SALISBURY, Md.- Hurricane Michael may be hitting Florida, but the impact may still be felt here on Delmarva.

Emergency officials say they've been tracking the storm for over a week, and they predict increased rainfall and winds this weekend.

"We'll be seeing the effects of the storm here late on Thursday and through Friday morning. The rainfall projections for that time will be around four inches of rain, and the winds are expected to be around 20 miles per hour sustained, and maybe gusts up to about 30,” said David Shipley with Wicomico Emergency Service.

Though the storm may pass us, officials say it's still necessary to prepare locally because the hurricane could always switch course. 

Organizations like the Red Cross are still preparing here on Delmarva--but today they began sending out response teams to Florida to prepare for their direct hit.

People like Ronald Williams Garcia headed out Wednesday to travel down south.

"I'll be doing disaster services technology--which means radio, or computers, issuing equipment and making sure it's working, and collecting it when it's all over," he said.

Though people like Garcia are willing to help, the Red Cross says it's been difficult to deploy volunteers because some of them are still positioned in the Carolinas. 

"We are supporting Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina still, and we have more than five hundred people who are deploying right now to Georgia, Alabama, and Florida to support the local volunteers who are on the ground already,” Monica Lea with Salisbury’s Red Cross said.

And the Red Cross is not alone.

Companies like Choptank Electric say they're also on stand-by to deploy teams to the south for restoration efforts. 

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