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LG&E, KY Utilities, KY Power, Duke Energy crews head south to help with hurricane power outages


(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday)

Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities and Kentucky Power are on their way to Florida to help with any outages that may result from Hurricane Dorian.

The storm is headed to the southeast coast and residents are bracing for the worst.

The crews from Kentucky will help with expected power outages wherever the storm makes landfall. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Dorian had become an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (215 kph).

Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities are sending 165 employees and contractors to Florida for the storms. Kentucky Power said about 100 employees and contractors are going.

Duke Energy Kentucky has also sent help.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency this week.

Florida Power and Light was among several Florida utilities requesting assistance from other utility partners in the region.

Hurricane Dorian is now a Catagory 5 major hurricane, the highest rating, slow-moving and strengthening, as it approaches the southeast coast. Winds are now clocked at 175 MPH. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for part of Florida and states of emergency have been declared in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The storm is tracking northward but Florida remains on high alert. It is still unclear as to where landfall might occur, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm’s hurricane siege was just starting to move over the Bahamas on Sunday and begin to arrive in parts of Florida Sunday night. The coast from North Carolina to Florida will experience large swells.

It is traveling slowly and constantly shifting but its prolonged effects will be felt through the end of the week.
Track Hurricane Dorian here.

The National Hurricane Center is here.


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