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Duke Energy Dispatching Emergency Crews


Duke Energy is calling in more than twelve hundred emergency workers, some from as far away as Kentucky, to respond to Hurricane Hermine. The crews will wait out the storm in Apalachicola, Monticello, Live Oak and other areas of the Big Bend, says company spokesperson Suzanne Grant.

She warns customers to avoid downed power lines.“And what’s more, if a line is tangled up in debris, patio furniture, a fence, any of those things can become energized as well. So you really have to be very cautious if there’s a downed line in your area.”

Hermine is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.