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Duke Energy crews dispatched to Hurricane Dorian storm areas ready to help with power restoration

(Note: Weather updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday)

Duke Energy crews left Friday to head to Florida where they will be dispatched as needed to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian.

About 40 vehicles from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana were in the caravan headed south. It included line crews traveling in bucket trucks, supervisors, damage assessors and fleet personnel.

The crews will help with power restoration needs caused by the powerful storm.

Hurricane Dorian is now a Catagory 5 major hurricane, the highest rating, slow-moving and strengthening, as it approaches the southeast coast. Winds are now clocked at 175 MPH.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for part of Florida and states of emergency have been declared in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The storm is tracking northward but Florida remains on high alert. It is still unclear as to where landfall might occur, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm’s hurricane siege was just starting to move over the Bahamas on Sunday and begin to arrive in parts of Florida Sunday night. The coast from North Carolina to Florida will experience large swells.

It is traveling slowly and constantly shifting but its prolonged effects will be felt through the end of the week.

Track Hurricane Dorian here.

The National Hurricane Center is here.

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