Duke Energy prepares fleet of linemen for Hurricane Dorian, ready for storm recovery

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SUMTER CO., Fla. (WCJB)-- People all across North Central Florida are preparing for Hurricane Dorian and this includes utility line workers.

From Mississippi to Indiana to Texas, line crews from all over the country have gathered here in North Central Florida, to help Duke Energy in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

"We have about 7,000 individual pieces of equipment ranging from line trucks, tree trimming trucks to specialty vehicles, such as a vehicle that can go in four feet of water,” said Duke Energy Spokesperson Heather Danenhower.

And as each line crew arrived into Florida, they were greeted with nothing short of big thanks.

"We appreciate it. Most every hurricane we have utilities come from other areas and we reciprocate with that, whenever something hits another state, we'll move our crews up to that area as quick as possible,” said Site Manager Joe Hulett.
   
With help from The Villages, Duke Energy was able to turn a 135-acre cow pasture into their central hub.

"All of this was constructed one day. We're ready to go the moment the storm hits,” Hulett added.

Now all that's left is for these workers to get some rest so they can be ready to take on Hurricane Dorian.

"Even if Dorian skirts the state of Florida, we still expect to have widespread and extended outages and as always we'll work to restore power, as safety and as quickly as possible,” Danenhower said.

These crews will be working in cities all over the state, including in North Central Florida.