Ohio National Guard no longer needed in North Carolina

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COLUMBUS -- Emergency management officials in North Carolina rescinded their request for help from the Ohio National Guard.

A convoy was scheduled to leave at noon Tuesday from the Army Enclave at the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus.

"After re-evaluating ongoing operations and noting the rapid progress that has occurred, state of North Carolina emergency management officials rescinded the request for the Ohio National Guard to provide personnel, tanker trucks and fuel to assist in refueling of military helicopters aiding in the recovery efforts," spokesperson Stephanie Beougher said. "This was communicated prior to the group leaving its station at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus."

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"Our state is always ready to help and we wish the best to all those assisting in the wake of Hurricane Florence," Governor John Kasich wrote in a tweet.

Hurricane Florence pummeled the Carolinas late Thursday and early Friday as a category one hurricane, causing heavy flooding and strong winds.

The latest on Florence:

  • At least 32 people have died in storm-related incidents -- 25 in North Carolina, 6 in South Carolina and 1 in Virginia
  • About 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power, mostly in North Carolina but some in South Carolina
  • As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Florence was a post-tropical cyclone. It was located about 105 miles west-northwest of New York City with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph
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