Arizona rescue unit returns from hurricane relief deployment

PHOENIX (AP) - An urban search and rescue team is returning to Arizona from a deployment to the East Coast for Hurricane Florence.


The Phoenix Fire Department says the 45-member Arizona Task Force One is set to return late Sunday after a 20-day deployment to the Carolinas.


The team began demobilizing on Thursday in preparation for their four-day highway travel back to Phoenix.


The unit has deployed previously for numerous natural disasters and terror attacks.


As of mid-week, Florence had killed at least 47 people - 36 in North Carolina; nine in South Carolina; and two in Virginia. Tens of thousands of buildings were damaged and thousands of people are without livable homes.

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