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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — There are now 26 St. Louis area Red Cross volunteers heading to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief.

Regional CEO Cindy Erickson says they’ll be spread out across Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi.

“Some of our volunteers will be helping with sheltering, we already opened up 22 shelters so far, and got many shelters on standby.”

Others will be counseling and providing food, or driving trucks.

She says to be deployed to such a large natural disaster, volunteers had to go through hours of training to make sure they stay safe.

Hurricane Isaac Here?

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis area is expected to get plenty of rain from Isaac.

News 4 meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt says the effects of the hurricane are expected in St. Louis by Friday and Saturday, and he believes we could see anywhere from 2.5 to 4 inches of rain.

While you may recall Hurricane Ike brought deadly flash flooding to the area, Kent says he’s not forecasting that yet.

“These storms are very difficult to forecast, and its been slowing down,” said Kent. “Its expected to continues to slow down so it’s not out of the imagination that this thing could extend into Sunday as well.”

He says the forecast models seem to agree that the center of the storm will pass over St. Louis.

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