Florida Power & Light sent 900 employees and contractors to North Carolina, who were already staged and in place to assist with Florence recovery as of Thursday.

FPL Spokesperson Bill Orlove said at least 30 employees from the west coast had gone up, ranging from Naples to Sarasota.

“Our crews are battle-tested, and they are ready to jump in once it’s safe to do so to help our fellow Americans get their lights back on,” he said.

On Thursday, the crews waited for the storm to hit, not knowing exactly where or how widespread the power outages would be.

“Many have been through hurricanes like Irma,” Orlove said. “Many also helped restore power to Puerto Rico when we provided assistance to the island earlier this year and late last year. Our crews are ready, and they’re prepared to handle what we anticipate are going to be widespread outages.”

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