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Virginia search-and-rescue team working across Irma's path

Hurricane Irma aftermath in St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, Photo Date: September 10, 2017 (Photo: IrmaAftermath / Twitter)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - An elite search and rescue team from Virginia is providing support all along the path of Hurricane Irma.

Chuck Ryan, an assistant chief with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said Wednesday that members of the county's Urban Search and Rescue Team are now spread out across Puerto Rico, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys.

The 80-member team, also known as Virginia Task Force 1, deployed Wednesday after being activated by the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

Ryan said team members are conducting searches in locations where it is most likely to find stranded survivors.

The team includes swift-water rescue specialists, canine units and other search-and-rescue resources.

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