The Upper Scioto Water Rescue Task Force is positioned in North Carolina, awaiting deployment as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.
The group of 16 Central Ohio firefighters left home on Wednesday.
By Thursday night, they were positioned just north of Durham.
According to the crew, rain had been falling there for much of the day.
The team said it is possible they will be deployed to assist in water rescues before dawn, on Friday.
“We’ve been through a couple of towns and there are a lot of people here,” said Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley. “There are lots of people still driving down the road, so there’s a huge potential for the number of victims that we may have to rescue.”
The team is expected to remain in North Carolina, until at least next Friday.