Dozens of Westar Energy employees are on their way to Florida as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Sunshine State.
About 40 Westar employees, including line crews and support personnel, left Thursday morning from various locations, according to a statement released by the utility. Florida Power & Light reached out to Westar and other utilities in the region in anticipation of power outages caused by Irma.
Irma was a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 miles an hour on Thursday morning. It is projected to strike south Florida and then move north just off the east coast of the panhandle.