Thousands of linemen deploy to restore power in Florida

Thousands of utility workers deployed to the hardest-hit areas of Florida early Wednesday after Hurricane Idalia pushed through the state.

Duke Energy established a command center just south of Sumterville, where power crews from all over the country parked and rode out the storm.

“I think it’s important for people to realize that these are additional resources from out of state,” said Ben Williamson with Duke Energy.

Workers arrived from Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and on Wednesday, they were sent to repair downed power lines and blown transformers.

Williamson said as his command center received information about the hardest hit areas, that

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