OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) – Opelika Power Services is sending a six-man power restoration team to help cities in North Carolina in the path of Hurricane Florence.
"They are going to work long days, says Director Derek Lee. "They are going to start at daylight and work until after dark. They are going to get very little sleep."
Florence could make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. It is also predicted to impact the east coast and specifically the Carolina's as early as Thursday.
The initial request for assistance comes from Wilson, North Carolina, a municipality East of Raleigh and about 80 miles from coastal NC. The team will work there once the storm moves through, until then they are staging in Greensboro.
"You get a sense of accomplishment every time you flip a switch and turn a thousand people's power back on, or you turn on a transformer and just turn a person's lights back," says Lee. "That person is very happy that you are there to do that."
OPS will be partnering and working in conjunction with other municipalities from Alabama and Georgia.