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Pinellas firefighters head to Panhandle on Hurricane Sally recovery mission

Posted at 9:00 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 09:00:36-04

In the wake of Hurricane Sally members from several Pinellas County Fire Departments deployed early Thursday morning and headed out on a recovery mission.

The devastation Escambia County has ensued required more first responders to handle the disaster.

Fire departments from Palm Harbor, Eastlake, Lealman, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Treasure Island all held an early morning briefing before heading out on the road to offer much-needed help to the panhandle after the storm.


The National Hurricane Center says Sally is still a rainmaker as it has moved into Georgia, on a path to the Carolinas. Authorities warned that rain from the storm could swell eight waterways in Florida and Alabama to record levels.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors of possible river flooding in the coming days. The National Weather Service says the small city of Brewton, Alabama, can expect moderate to major flooding.