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Colorado comes to the aid of Florida as Irma moves in

Colorado comes to the aid of Florida as Irma moves in
Posted at 6:04 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 20:04:38-04

DENVER – Coloradans aren’t standing idly by as Hurricane Irma pushes toward Florida. Several Colorado agencies, volunteers and resources are heading to the region to help with relief efforts.

Eight Colorado Springs firefighters are moving from one big storm to another. the Colorado Springs Fire Department received word Tuesday night the team, as part of Colorado Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue, would be headed to Alabama in preparation for Irma.

Another group of Colorado emergency workers is making a similar trip. A team of medical providers from UCHealth based in Aurora is on their way to the Caribbean to assist in response efforts there. The team -- made up of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, security guards, and nurses – were initially deployed to Texas.

However, not every Coloradan helping with relief efforts are hopping on a plane. Scientists from Colorado State University in Fort Collins are gathering satellite images that can help forecasters understand exactly what's happening with the health of the hurricane.

Irma is forecast to hit the U.S. mainland this weekend, possibly in south Florida.