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Twenty-two Red Cross volunteers from Colorado and Wyoming assisting with Hurricane Michael relief efforts

Posted at 3:14 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 00:53:04-04

DENVER – The American Red Cross of Colorado and Wyoming said Wednesday 12 volunteers are on the ground in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to assist with relief efforts from Hurricane Michael.

Those volunteers left Tuesday and are being stationed inland until the storm weakens and they can be mobilized to help in affected areas. The Red Cross said many of those volunteers were also deployed for Hurricane Florence as well.

Deployments typically last anywhere from 14 to 21 days, depending on the severity of the disaster.

Ten others are assigned at Red Cross headquarters or are working from home to assist with web or social media updates.

Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier Wednesday afternoon with 155 mph winds.

Brad Kieserman, vice president of operations and logistics for the Red Cross said it’s possible that as many as 320,000 people on Florida’s Gulf Coast did not evacuate and had to ride out the storm.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)