Mid-South readies to help Texas deal with Hurricane Harvey

Mid-South Red Cross van (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Mid-South Red Cross van (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Crews prepare boats for rescues (Source: Memphis Fire Department)
Crews prepare boats for rescues (Source: Memphis Fire Department)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Millions of people in Texas and neighboring states are bracing for Hurricane Harvey's landfall.

The Category 3 storm is expected to make landfall Friday night. It's a slow-moving storm that forecasters believe will dump dozens of inches of rain on multiple cities.

"We're targeting areas. We're encouraging people in our low-lying areas, in the strongest language--other than mandatory--to get out of dodge," Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said.

"We have that storm surge warning. We could see anywhere between six, 10, maybe 12 feet," Meteorologist Tom Harris said.

It's much more calm in the Mid-South, but American Red Cross volunteers are ready to help at a moment's notice.

Jeana Bailley said the American Red Cross of the Mid-South has a team on call to take a van filled with supplies to help with disaster relief.

"Evacuees may find their way here and we would be supporting people here if necessary," Bailley said.

Harvey looks to be a massive storm that will cause some major headaches for an extended period of time.

"This storm looks to be big. We expect that the expect will take weeks, if not months," Bailley said.

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Memphis workers in Texas

Eighty Memphis volunteers, including firefighters, doctors, engineers, and search dogs, are already in the Lone Star State helping prepare for Hurricane Harvey.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested a search and rescue team from the Volunteer State. Tennessee Task Force Type One responded.

The group deployed from Memphis to San Antonio Friday and received word Sunday they will be deploying to Houston to help in water rescues.

It's unknown how long the crew will be needed in Texas, but it's largest support effort to date was during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

WMC5's Chris Luther is on his way to Texas to bring you live reports from the Hurricane zone. Tune into WMC Action News 5 over the weekend and early next week for his Hurricane Harvey coverage.

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