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Hundreds of FPL employees responding to winter weather

By Chris Stewart

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - About 300 Florida Power and Light crew members are headed to Georgia to help power companies respond to winter weather on Tuesday. 
Several counties in Georgia are in a state of emergency.

Eight FPL workers from across Palm Beach County will join the hundreds of workers from across the state headed north.

About a dozen trucks left FPL's West Palm Beach service center on Charlotte Avenue just after 7 Tuesday morning.

The convoy consisted of workers from both Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

FPL says crew members will work 16-hour days, seven days a week and stay in Georgia for as long as it takes until power is restored.

The crews left West Palm Beach to travel to Athens, Georiga -- nearly nine hours away.

FPL plans for workers to be gone for 10 days but does not know how long these workers will be gone for.

FPL says it sends crews to help other power companies around the country. It sent around 1,000 crew members to the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy hit in 2012

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