Hoosiers heading to Florida to help as Hurricane Matthew hits land

Members of Indiana Task Force 1 meet before departing for Florida. (Photo: Twitter/Indiana Task Force 1)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - First responders from Indiana are getting ready to go south to provide support as Hurricane Matthew hits land.

Governor Mike Pence is deploying two Indiana-based teams to help with the emergency response and the state's Department of Homeland Security is sending some of its members down to Florida.

An 80-person team from Indiana Task Force 1 is also getting ready to head out. That team includes local firefighters, police officers, and other rescue workers. Crews spent several hours Thursday loading up their trucks for their departure.

Friday morning, caravans of local power crews will leave for Florida to help with the expected widespread power outages. Duke Energy is dispatching more than 100 workers from Indiana.