CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Duke Energy announced this week they plan to deploy 250 line workers, tree trimmers and damage assessment personnel from Indiana to North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence.
Multiple crews were told to plan for a two-week deployment.
Duke Energy said about 450 crews are also being sent from Ohio and Kentucky to the Carolinas.
Hurricane Florence may have slightly weakened to 130 mph, but it is forecasted to strengthen, again, through Wednesday.
Coastal residents along the Carolinas encountered empty gasoline pumps and depleted store shelves as the monster storm neared its coast with winds and drenching rain that could last for days.
A hurricane warning went into effect from South Santee River in South Carolina to Duck, North Carolina. The warning also includes Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. A storm surge warning went into effect for the same areas, as well as the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers.
Right now, line workers, contractors and related support personnel from Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky are on their way to the Carolinas now to help in Hurricane #Florence restoration, as soon as the storm passes. Stay safe! pic.twitter.com/t9pJmiDazS— Duke Energy (@DukeEnergy) September 11, 2018