Mass. Maritime ship on standby for Hurricane Florence relief efforts

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BOURNE, Mass (WPRI) — Crews from Massachusetts Maritime Academy are preparing to help with the response to Hurricane Florence.

More than a million people are under evacuation orders, with the storm expected to make landfall late Thursday night.

The TS Kennedy, a training ship for Mass. Maritime cadets has been used in hurricane relief efforts before.

It was deployed to Houston after Hurricane Harvey and to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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Now, officials are on standby for Florence.

Commander Brad Lima says the ship can be used as a floating hotel for first responders.

“With Kennedy being activated, we can put 700 people on board, when it comes to natural disasters like this, the need for first responders to get in there, be able to work a full day’s work, get a good night’s rest and three squares is very important.”

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