A massive convoy of bucket trucks, tree trimming contractors and restoration vehicles headed north on Interstate 95 Monday morning in one of the largest pre-hurricane deployments in the recent history of Florida Power & Light.
Early this morning, 350 trucks and 560 workers spread out to several areas in Hurricane Sandy's projected storm path, including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The workers are being pulled from areas throughout FPL's service territory. They will help restore power as quickly as possible to residents affected by power outages in the northeast.
The plan is for these workers to stay in South Carolina tonight before pressing on to their assigned staging area in the northeast.
"It's unknown to what extent that area will incur power outages," said Elaine Hinsdale, a spokeswoman for FPL. "But we are doing our part to assist utilities up there as fast as we can to get the lights back on."
Depending on the severity of the storm damage, FPL says they can roll out more crews if necessary.
In case you are wondering if this will show up on your bill: The power company says the utility company requesting the assistance absorbs the cost of the workers being sent.