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KY paves way for emergency crews as Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida; Duke Energy sending help

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Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray on Tuesday issued an official order to help speed emergency crews to Florida and other states in the path of Hurricane Ian.

Under Secretary Gray’s order, drivers of commercial vehicles engaged in restoring power or clearing debris in the affected areas are temporarily exempted from limits on hours of driving and having to stop at weigh stations.

The vehicles also are exempted from permit fees for overweight/over-dimensional loads, and International Registration Plan requirements are waived for vehicles providing relief supplies and services.

“We in Kentucky know all too well the devastating effects severe weather can have on communities, and this order helps ensure there’s no delay in getting necessary equipment and assistance into a disaster area,” Secretary Gray said.

Secretary Gray’s official order will remain in effect through 12:01 a.m. ET on Oct. 20. To ensure the safety of the traveling public, contracted drivers must comply with safety requirements and have a copy of the order in their vehicles.

View the order here.

Duke Energy sends help to Florida

Duke Energy efforts in response to Hurricane Ian heading towards Florida. 
• 700 crews consisting of Duke Energy employees and contractors from the Midwest (OH, KY, IN) left the region Monday morning.

• Lineworkers, Damage Assessors and Vegetation Management crews will provide on-the-ground support.

• They began arriving to Tropicana Field Tuesday evening.

• Sally Thelen is stationed in Orlando, FL and will share updates on twitter @DE_SallyT

• Our industry has a strong tradition of supporting each other during natural disasters.

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