Duke Energy crews from Carolinas here to help

Early Monday morning, Duke Energy Carolinas began deploying crews to the Midwest to help restore electricity to customers in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Almost one million people have been with out power since Sunday's windstorm (700,000 in Ohio and almost 300,000 in Indiana and Kentucky). Duke is calling this the largest power outage ever in this area

From across the Carolinas, approximately 600 Duke Energy employees and contractors, including line technicians, scouts, tree trimming crews, mechanics and other support staff are traveling to the Midwest today to assist crews already at work.

The trucks are all meeting at the Eastgate Mall and the drivers will get their orders and then head out.

They've been arriving all night checked into local hotels for some rest and will hit the road at 8 a.m.