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California rescuers respond to massive East Coast storm

October 29, 2012 |  9:31 pm

Massive storm Sandy hits East Coast
Rescue specialists from Southern California and other resources from across the state are being deployed to the East Coast to help with the huge storm, officials said Monday.

Ten members of urban search-and-rescue teams were sent to Virginia and other areas to help federal authorities as they deal with the massive devastation from the post-tropical cyclone. The team members include firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement.

The governor also said that the National Guard was deploying transport planes, helicopters and specialized rescue teams to help with recovery and rescue efforts. 

PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy approaches

"A total of 83 personnel will soon be positioned close to the affected areas for quick deployment," Brown said. "These teams are trained in medical aid, search and rescue and other emergency response activities."

On Monday, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said that it was sending more than 150 workers to New York to help restore power in the aftermath of the powerful storm. The crews will be leaving in the next couple of days, officials said.

At least eight people were killed when the storm battered down on New Jersey on Monday night with sheets of rain and 80-mph winds, officials said.

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Photo: Water rushes into the Carey Tunnel (previously the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) as powerful storm hits the Financial District of New York. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

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