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Power crews, road rescue crews gear up for impending winter wallop

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Erlanger garage that houses some of Duke Energy's trucks was a pretty quiet place on Tuesday. That's something that may change in a heartbeat come Wednesday.
 
"We've really done our best in making sure we've got all of our supplies ready.  Crews all know that we'll be in a storm mode,” said Sally
Thelen, a spokesperson for Duke Energy.
 
That storm mode means long hours for the trucks and those drive them as they gear up to tackle any issue arising during the storm expected
to hit the Tri-State on Wednesday.
 
"We'll be working around the clock should we see any outages as a result of the weather,” said Thelen.
 
They're keeping a close eye on the expected mounting snow totals.  The wetter and heavier the snow is, the higher the call volume.
 
"We see the most outages from tree branches, vegetation that come into contact with our lines.  That's going to be a bigger headache,
we think, in this storm,” said Thelen.
 
The expectation is that conditions will also be less than ideal on the roads.  That will factor into response time.  Crews are asking
you to prepare your home with an emergency kit of things like food, water and flashlights, and leave the hard work, up to them.
 
"Let the experts handle it.  We can't stress that enough.  Please steer clear of downed power lines,” Thelen said.
 
They're not the only experts ready to handle tomorrow's escalating situation.
 
"Tomorrow, every single truck will be on the road,” said Joe Padgitt, a fleet supervisor for AAA.
 
His crews have their trucks stocked and ready to rock.
 
"We're stocked with batteries.  Normally we have a battery for almost every car on the road,” Padgitt said.
 
They're expecting to have as many as 65 trucks answering calls, and they'll need every last one of those, and more, on Wednesday.
   
"We usually run about 350 service calls.  Tomorrow we'll look at about 1,000 service calls,” Padgitt added. 

If you have an issue with a power issue or downed line you should call your provider.  AAA is also reminding you to stock your car with emergency supplies and don't overlook routine maintenance.

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