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Tampa Bay utilities send crews to Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence

Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. are both sending fleets to the Carolinas. Pictured are linemen from Duke Energy working to restore power after Hurricane Irma in 2017. [SCOTT KEELER | Times, 2017]
Wednesday 12 September 2018 05.02

Recent forecast models predict that most of Florida will be spared from the brunt of Hurricane Florence. But Tampa Bay utilities are planning to head straight into what will be the most-affected areas to help in the aftermath. Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. are both sending fleets to the Carolinas.

Duke Energy is sending 1,100 employees Wednesday to be staged in North and South Carolina for handling line work, trees, damage assessment, support and contracting, it said in a release Tuesday. Another 1,000 Duke Energy personnel from the Midwest will join them. Duke Energy’s parent company is based in North Carolina.

Tampa Electric, meanwhile, will send 250 line workers and contractors to the area to assist Duke Energy. Its crews plan to stay for two weeks.

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The two utilities are part of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, a collection of utilities that help each other during emergencies and storms. The host utility — Duke Energy, in this case — pays for the supporting crews.

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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

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.


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