Md. volunteers flew 30 missions over Southeast to help assess storm damage
The Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol flew 30 missions over the Southeastern United States this week to help authorities assess the damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Twelve crew members and four aircraft have returned to Maryland after flying more than 70 hours over North and South Carolina, spokeswoman Maj. Julie S. Holley said. The volunteers captured highresolution pictures to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local authorities assess the storm’s impact and decide where to deploy resources. Hurricane Matthew, a Category1hurricane when it made U.S. landfall in South Carolina on Saturday, has been blamed for at least three dozen deaths in the Southeast. Hundreds more died in the Caribbean. The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit, all-volunteer auxiliary to the Air Force.