Delaware Valley utility crews head south ahead of Dorian

NEWARK, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — Power crews from the greater Philadelphia region are on the move to help those in Florida if the power goes out when Hurricane Dorian hits.

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More than 30 workers from Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric prepared to take the long drive south to Florida Friday morning. They’ll be leaving the Delmarva complex in Newark, Delaware around 9 a.m.

They’re following a group of PECO workers who left Thursday.

Larry Lematrie, PECO’s manager of transmission, said it’s a cliche, but it’s true: They’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

“Right now the plan would be to stay in northern Florida, let the hurricane hit, assess damage, and move us into the damaged area to repair,” he said.

During Hurricane Irma in 2017, Lematrie said some of his crews spent about 15 days in the Sunshine State, taking time away from their families to help those in need.

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