Hundreds of power company crews from several states staged in Atlanta Friday, ready for the signal that it's safe to head toward the Carolina coast to help restore power outages.
As of noon Friday, nearly 600,000 outages were being reported in North Carolina and South Carolina. But with Hurricane Florence still battering the coast, it's too unsafe to get much closer.
According to a spokesman for Alabama Power, 1,200 of the utility company's employees, including line crew members, transmission workers, tree crews, safety and logistics personnel and engineers have been deployed to the region. Roughly 80 of them were staging in Cobb County, staging their bucket trucks at Cumberland Mall.
Crews from various other utility companies were staged at Perimeter Mall and Gwinnett Place Mall.
When asked when the crews might begin to move into hurricane-ravaged parts of the Carolinas, Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott said, "As soon as they have a target mission and it's safe to go, they'll be moving."
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