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West Michigan volunteers get in the middle of Hurricane Sandy


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- American Red Cross volunteers from west Michigan - including seven from Kalamazoo - are moving into the east coast area where Hurricane Sandy is dumping rain and blowing debris with hurricane-force winds.

Lisa Bonney with the west Michigan chapter tells WKZO those volunteers left with very little notice - and are right where the action is.

"They will travel the roads taking food and relief supplies to people who may be stuck in their homes," Bonney said.

Typically, volunteers charged with this kind of response do not  have to concern themselves with coordinating the supplies they distribute.

"We don't take a whole lot of supplies with us," Bonney said. "There are other groups making sure the supplies get there."

By Monday morning, Sandy's winds and some rain were brushing the Detroit and thumb areas of Michigan. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 5pm Monday until 8pm Tuesday.

Wind gusts between 40 and 50mph are expected in west Michigan by the daytime Tuesday. Twenty-foot waves, minimum, are expected along the south end of Lake Michigan as well.

Hear the whole Bonney interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.