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Ohio National Guard to send 40 soldiers to Puerto Rico to help with communications

Trees are reflected in the water in the Buena Vista community in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The Ohio National Guard announced they will be sending about 40 soldiers to Puerto Rico starting Thursday.

Soldiers from the 137th Signal Company, based in Newark, will help provide communications support to hurricane relief efforts.

"The signal company can deliver communications capabilities with mobile satellite, electricity, telephone, internet and video conferencing, and information technology services," said the Ohio Adjutant General's Department in a release.

The department said there were 200 Ohio National Guard soldiers and airmen supporting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as of Wednesday.

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