Nebraska entities deployed to Florida in response to Hurricane Dorian were adjusting their relief efforts as Dorian’s path continues to shift.

Lincoln Electric System crews headed home Wednesday morning. The crews had left Nebraska on Monday after receiving a mutual aid request from the American Public Power Association and the Florida Municipal Electric Association.

LES reported that two previous calls for mutual aid in Florida were changed after Dorian stalled over the Bahamas, leaving forecasters unsure what the storm would do next.

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Omaha Public Power District crews also were making plans to head home after arriving Monday in Orlando, Florida. Wednesday morning, the American Public Power Association released OPPD crews from mutual aid duty in Florida because the storm had caused little damage to the state’s electric infrastructure.

Utilities in the Carolinas indicated they had the necessary resources and were prepared for the storm, OPPD said.

And Red Cross volunteers — eight from Nebraska, seven from Kansas — have been deployed to prepare for the hurricane and help people who have been forced to evacuate.

In addition, two of the emergency response vehicles from the Red Cross region that includes Nebraska — one from Lincoln and one from Hays, Kansas — were in a staging area and ready to respond to areas affected by the storm.

In advance of the storm affecting the U.S. mainland, the Red Cross mobilized more than 1,900 volunteers and positioned 110 emergency response vehicles and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals.

The National Hurricane Center reported Wednesday that a life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds are expected along portions of the east coast of Florida and the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center.

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