Hurricane Dorian

Workers board up a storefront as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas on Friday. The storm could be a Category 4 when it reaches eastern Florida.

Nebraska Task Force One, a federal urban search and rescue task force, will join utility workers from some of the state’s power districts in heading to Florida to help with recovery from Hurricane Dorian.

The task force will deploy a 16-person team to help with water rescue. That will include eight members of Lincoln Fire & Rescue, five members of the Omaha Fire Department, two civilian members and one member of the Council Bluffs Fire Department.

The Lincoln Electric System will deploy 14 staff members to help Florida utilities with power restoration. The group plans to depart Monday and stay up to two weeks, depending on need.

The Nebraska Public Power District announced Thursday that it also is dispatching crews to help.

The American Public Power Association is coordinating help as part of a mutual aid network. Utilities are assigned to specific areas, and the likelihood of damage in that area determines whether their aid is requested.

NPPD has been assigned to help with recovery in Orlando.

NPPD is sending 18 people and 18 vehicles for an anticipated two-week trip. Line technicians and supervisory staff will be taking a digger truck, bucket trucks, pickups, trailers and all-terrain utility vehicles.

Travel to Florida is expected to take about three days.

The Omaha Public Power District will deploy 15 employees Sunday morning. The crews will be staying in a neighboring state rather than Florida, and will be ready to mobilize as soon as it is safe to do so.

Dorian reached a dangerous Category 4 level on Friday night as it moved toward Florida .

Life-threatening storm surges and powerful winds are possible in Florida late this weekend into early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

World-Herald staff writer Nancy Gaarder contributed to this report.

jwade@owh.com, 402-444-1067

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