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These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

As Hurricane Florence, now weakened to a tropical depression, continues to wreak havoc along the East Coast, where it has claimed at least two dozen lives, more than 10,000 US service members are providing emergency assistance to those in need.

The Department of Defense, as of Sept. 15, 2018, had deployed a total of 13,470 personnel, 5,400 active-duty service members and 7,857 National Guard to support hurricane relief efforts. Additionally, 1,286 military assets, such as rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, high-water vehicles, and swift boats have been dispatched to assist with ongoing response operations.


“The collaboration between the Department of Defense, FEMA, and state and local partners is absolutely critical to our National Response Framework,” Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander USNORTHCOM said in a statement, adding, “We remain well informed of the emergency response requirements and are ready to respond when military assistance is requested.”

The following photos show the US military in action, lending a much needed hand to rescue people and even animals affected by the storm.

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

U.S. Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Group 8 (CLB-8) drive through the rain to a local fire station in order to aid in evacuating victims of Hurricane Florence to shelter in Jacksonville, N.C., Sept. 15, 2018.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nello Miele)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Hagan)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kyle Hagan)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U. S. Army photo by Spc. Andrea Salgado Rivera)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damaris Arias)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damaris Arias)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damaris Arias)

These photos show how the military is rescuing Florence victims

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Damaris Arias)

US Marines with Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training conduct post hurricane cleanup at the Marine Corps Exchange on Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018.

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