Central Florida first responders head to Panhandle to help with Sally recovery efforts

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A team of Central Florida first responders will soon head to the Panhandle to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally.

A strike team consisting of ambulances from Orange County Fire Rescue, Osceola County Fire Rescue, Seminole County Fire Rescue and the City of St. Cloud Fire Department will soon head north from Central Florida.

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“This is why firefighters get into the business -- we’re there to render aid wherever it’s needed,” said Mike Wajda, assistant chief for Orange County Fire Rescue. “Secondly, this is our ability to (pay) it forward -- we’ve been impacted in Central Florida by hurricanes and have received this exact kind of aide before from other areas of Florida.”

Neighbors in downtown Pensacola have reported water coming into their homes.

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Also in Pensacola, tropical storm wind gusts wiped out a portion of the Three Mile Bridge, pushing a barge with a crane on it toward I-10 over the Bay.

The storm has knocked out power for about half a million people across three states.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.