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Ohio National Guard Cancels Hurricane Florence Recovery Mission

The Ohio National Guard 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Airport prepares to deliver soldiers, supplies and equipment in support Hurricane Maria relief efforts inPuerto Rico on October 3, 2017.
Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson
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U.S. Air National Guard
The Ohio National Guard 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base prepares to deliver soldiers, supplies and equipment in support Hurricane Maria relief efforts inPuerto Rico on October 3, 2017.

The Ohio National Guard now says that it is not sending members or equipment to North Carolina to help with recovery from Hurricane Florence.

Gov. John Kasich earlier announced an agreement to send the Guard members and equipment to the hard-hit state. A convoy was expected to leave Tuesday from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus for Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Ohio National Guard said in a later statement Tuesday that North Carolina emergency management officials rescinded their request for assistance after re-evaluating the ongoing operations and progress there.

The Guard says that it has not been asked to support any other Florence response efforts, but is ready to help if called to do so again.

The death toll from Florence includes 26 fatalities in North Carolina.