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Cuomo Orders Air National Guard to Help Hurricane Harvey Response

More than 100 members of the New York Air National Guard will help respond to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Lousiana, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. 

The personnel includes rescue teams, maintenance and support staff, Cuomo said. 

New York is also sending three rescue helicopters, one rescue plane, and several boats and watercraft from the 106th Rescue Wing, Cuomo said. 

"New Yorkers first-hand know the damage Mother Nature can cause, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Louisiana and Texas as they brace for Hurricane Harvey," Cuomo said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, 10 American Red Cross volunteers from New Jersey have been deployed to serve along local volunteers in Texas. The Red Cross said more people were ready to deploy if necessary. 

Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas on Friday night as a Category 3 hurricane. Forecasters warned it could bring catastrophic floods and up to 40 inches of water in some places. 

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