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Tennessee first responders head to Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Sally

Sally upgraded to Category 1 hurricane as storm takes aim at Gulf Coast
Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 16:45:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several first responders from across Middle Tennessee are headed to Louisiana on Monday to support emergency officials preparing for Hurricane Sally.

Sally was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained top winds of around 85 miles per hour on Monday morning. It is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Gulf before making landfall on Tuesday.

The team of 35 first responders came from the following departments:

  • Metro Nashville Office of Emergency Management
  • Murfreesboro Fire Department
  • Franklin Fire Department
  • Nashville Fire Department
  • Brentwood Fire Department
  • Williamson County Emergency Management Agency
  • Metro Nashville Public Works
  • Metro Nashville Police Department

The group, which is coordinated by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, will be deployed for 14 days.

“We are proud of these dedicated, professional Tennesseans who have answered the call to help our neighbors in Louisiana as they face the potential for catastrophic damages from Hurricane Sally,” TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said. “We know all too well the damage and destruction from floods and other natural disasters, and just as other states supported us in trying times, I know all Tennesseans want to do whatever we can to help Louisiana in this time of need.”