Entergy is sending help to the east in anticipation of widespread damage by Hurricane Florence. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to make landfall somewhere on the southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast Thursday night, Sept. 13.

Tuesday morning, Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Mississippi deployed 190 distribution line workers and support help.

About 20 linemen left from the Baseline Service Center while another 80 left from other locations around the state, according to a news release.

“The 100 from Entergy Arkansas are assigned to Duke Energy – Carolina. Another 90 from Entergy Mississippi are assigned to South Carolina Electric and Gas Co.,” according to the release.

Other Entergy companies in Texas and Louisiana will have an extra 146 distribution line workers plus support on standby, but they won’t be released to travel until their service territories are known to be in the clear from other possible threats, according to the release.

“The help will come as part of a long-standing mutual assistance agreement by which utilities help one another out in times of need. Entergy operating companies will send what workers they can spare while keeping enough home to meet the day-to-day needs of Entergy customers,” according to the release.

The crews traveling Tuesday will meet at staging areas where they will wait out the storm before being assigned to specific areas for restoration work.