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Florida Power and Light deploying crews in Hurricane Sandy's path

1:06 PM, Oct 29, 2012   |    comments
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Ellenton, Florida -- Florida Power and Light is deploying hundreds of workers to help restore power in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Early estimates predict as many as 10 million people will lose power as Hurricane Sandy barrels into the northeast and into two other weather systems.

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The collision is creating a so-called "super-storm."

"We don't know what we're going to run into, because this is like something new," said Edgard Dorman, a seasoned FLP restoration worker. He's worked in the aftermath of some of the biggest storms to hit Florida like Hurricane Andrew, but Sandy is brewing something different.

"We're not accustomed to these cold, icy conditions, so we know the elements are going to be a factor," he said.

He is leading a group of men heading up north on Monday. Dorman is leading a group of 10 FPL trucks heading to South Carolina where they will standby to find out where they're needed most. It will likely be Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Florida Power and Light is sending 560 restoration workers and 350 trucks to the northeast. Some of the men are just returning from Florida's east coast where they helped with power restoration efforts there as Sandy brushed near Florida's coast.

"This one is going to be bad from the reports, we expect millions of people to be without power and with this cold one behind it, it's going to be a bad one for them," said Kim Sprague, FPL's Manasota Operations Manager.

The men were told to pack for 14 days and to bring their cold weather gear. Their days will be long. Dorman says they'll likely work seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The FPL crews don't mind doing to the work and they're up for the challenge.

"When the lights come back on, it's a sense of accomplishment to know you've done something, helped so many people," said Dorman.

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