Hundreds of workers and trucks from Florida Power and Light are heading north to assist in restoring power to areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
FPL is deploying 865 employees and contractor restoration workers and about 250 trucks to seven different utilities from Virginia to New Jersey to help in the efforts, company officials said Monday.
The workers began leaving Monday and will stop in South Carolina Monday night before they're dispatched Tuesday to provide restoration assistance.
Keys Energy Services was also sending seven linemen to Delaware to assist in power restoration. They will leave on Tuesday.
Sandy came ashore in southern New Jersey as a strong post-tropical cyclone Monday night, and is bringing heavy rain and wind gusts to a large portion of the northeast coast of the U.S.
FPL officials said they're staggering their crews to make sure they're prepared for any outages that might happen in their service territory, but they're also prepared to send additional help if needed.
"We are happy to help other utilities because when FPL's customers are impacted by a hurricane, tropical storm or other natural disaster, other utilities often provide assistance to us," the company said in a statement.