FLORIDA, USA — The governor of New York announced Wednesday evening that aid has been sent to Florida as the state deals with Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as a category 4 storm.
In a statement, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was praying for the safety and well-being of every individual impacted by the terrifying storm.
In an effort to help, Hochul said she has directed the New York Army National Guard to send two CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters and 11 service members to help the Florida National Guard and provide airlift support. The guard members left Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport and are expected to arrive in Jacksonville, Florida.
"We are grateful for the heroism of these New Yorkers who are answering the call of duty, as well as for the extraordinary efforts of all first responders currently working to provide aid and support to the people of Florida," Hochul said. "New York will always stand up and help our neighbors in a time of need."
The state of Florida has already seen damage in Charlotte and Lee counties as of Wednesday.
Governor DeSantis said Hurricane Ian could be one of the top five strongest storms to hit the state.