Duke Energy workers depart for Florida, Butler Co. ERS offers help as ‘absolute monster’ hurricane looms

Duke Energy workers depart for Florida, Butler Co. ERS offers help as ‘absolute monster’ hurricane looms
Duke Energy workers headed out of Northern Kentucky Friday morning for Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian. (Source: Dale Lutz)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Greater Cincinnati area is lending a helping hand to those in the path of Hurricane Dorian.

Dozens of Duke Energy vehicles holding some 1,500 workers left the Tri-State for Florida Friday morning ahead of the storm.

Friday morning, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said the Butler County Emergency Response Services (ERS) Team submitted their ‘Mission Ready Package’ to the state ofOhio to help those in need.

The storm is expected to slam into the eastern coast of Florida as a category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph over the Labor Day weekend.

Duke Energy is deploying resources from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help restore power, said Sally Thelen, a Duke spokeswoman.

Line crews are traveling in bucket trucks. Supervisors, damage assessors and fleet personnel also are going, she said.

More than 1,000 Duke Energy workers and contractors from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana left for Florida Friday morning ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
More than 1,000 Duke Energy workers and contractors from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana left for Florida Friday morning ahead of Hurricane Dorian. (Source: Dale lutz)

They will travel Friday to Georgia and arrive in Florida Saturday.

They will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas in the state to help restore power, Thelen said.

Sheriff Jones said because Hurricane Dorian is expected to become ‘extremely dangerous,' Butler County’s ERS Team is prepared to help people in Florida.

“Our training reaches beyond the Butler County Borders and our assistance knows no boundaries when it comes to helping those in need in this country,” Sheriff Jones said.

President Trump also weighed in on the dangers of the incoming storm.

“It really began to form big and now it’s looking like it could be an absolute monster,” said President Donald Trump in a video posted on Twitter, adding that food and water was being shipped to Florida.

“It does seem almost certain that it’s hitting dead center and that’s not good," he said. "The winds seem to be building at a tremendous rate. It looks like the winds are going to be unbelievably high.”

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