Florida Disaster Expert Deployed To Help Hawaii

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida Emergency officials have deployed one of their own to Hawaii as the state responds to Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) responded to a request for assistance from the Hawaiian officials as the state responds to twin Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

Deputy Operations Chief Ashley Davis left Friday. She’ll coordinate emergency management missions to assist storm survivors.

Hurricane Iselle weakened to a tropical storm and made landfall at 2:30 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time on Friday. Current models indicate that Hurricane Julio will pass north of the state Sunday as a category 1 storm.

Hawaii last experienced a land-falling hurricane in 1992 when Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai. Flo

“Managing multiple storms presents a tremendous challenge to any emergency management agency,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “Florida gained multiple-storm experience during the 2004-2005 hurricane season, and we stand ready to provide assistance and share the lessons we learned with other states if requested.”

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30.

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