uke Energy has mobilized more than 5,000 responders as the company prepares for power outages caused by fast-approaching Hurricane Idalia. The storm is expected to reach the Florida Gulf Coast by late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
“Duke Energy crews and additional workers from across the country are staged throughout Florida’s service territory,” said Todd Fountain, Duke Energy Florida storm director. “We appreciate the assistance from our contractor partners who will help speed power restoration, as soon as weather conditions safely allow.”
The company has a large contingent of crews based at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and The Villages, just south of Ocala
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 33 counties in Florida, many of which are in Duke Energy Florida’s service territory.
“Duke Energy is actively monitoring Idalia’s path, intensity and timing, and staging resources in safe locations to respond to outages as soon as it’s safe to do so,” said Todd Fountain, Duke Energy Florida storm director. “As we prepare to respond, it's important our customers take this storm seriously and ensure their homes and families are prepared.”
Crews from Duke Energy’s Midwest operations – as well as workers from other utility companies across the state and Southeast – will assist and begin power restoration as soon as weather conditions safely allow.