North Carolina National Guard stages in Charlotte for Hurricane Irma

- About 315 National Guard soldiers and airmen are standing by to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Irma in North Carolina.

They are staging in three cities: Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro.

Roughly 1/3 of the soldiers are staging at a National Guard facility on West Boulevard and waiting for orders they'll receive once the storm strikes. 

“With the storm the size that it is and with it changing hour to hour, we really have no idea where the threats might come from and where those risks might be,” said Lt. Brian Belvin with North Carolina National Guard. “So we are dispersing our troops so we can have the most rapid response possible.”

Soldiers are prepared to help with water rescues, evacuations and clearing roads that become impassable.

The first area of priority is North Carolina, however, once the state’s needs are met, Belvin said they will help neighboring states if needed. 

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