Utility companies gear up for Hurricane Ian, aftermath

ORLANDO, Fla. — Utility crews across Central Florida are preparing for Hurricane Ian.


On Tuesday, more than 100 Orlando Utilities Commission crews were preparing and getting their trucks ready amid the calm before the storm.

OUC is going to have at least 200 crews ready Wednesday going into the storm, with another 400 crews on standby.

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Duke Energy officials said it will have almost 10,000 utility crews ready.

Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, parts of the state spent almost two weeks without power. Utility companies said they’re better prepared this time around.

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If power needs to be restored, crews can’t head out until after winds are below 35 mph. Then it’s a matter of going to high-priority areas first.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.