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The California effort to aid those affected by Irma

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Heavy winds and rain from Hurricane Irma are seen in Miami, Florida, September 10, 2017. Hurricane Irma's eyewall slammed into the lower Florida Keys, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Irma is no longer officially a hurricane, but it's still bringing rain and wind to both coasts of Florida, as it heads north.

And it left a serious mess behind.

Californians are among the thousands of emergency workers starting to tackle the search, rescue and recovery efforts.


That's a video posted by Floridian Franco Powers who this weekend saw a LAFD truck driving towards the hurricane.

LAFD Captain Rick Godinez spoke with Take Two early Monday morning He was in St. Augustine on Florida's east coast, working with one of FEMA's California Task Force teams. He told A Martinez, the task force will be "focusing efforts on the lower part of Florida, specifically in the Keys, Naples and Fort Meyers area..."

"We're going out today to look at any damage assessments," Godinez explained, "We've got our watercraft team that is out there too, that'll be doing any rescues that need be. If there are people trapped on their rooftops and then we'll be doing door-to-door searches for those folks that did not evacuate."

For more about FEMA's California Task force team efforts and the weather conditions they've been facing, click the blue play button above.

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