KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As the East Coast feels the effects of Dorian, several crews across East Tennessee are making their way to the Carolinas and Florida to help.

Knoxville Utilities Board crew members are being sent to several locations to help make preparations and assist with hurricane relief efforts. 

Three contract crews from Pike Electric were released Thursday morning to help prepare for potential widespread outages as Dorian approaches. 

KUB said five of its crews will be there to assist in restoration efforts if needed. 

Earlier this week, KUB cleared six contract crews to aid locals in Florida. 

Davis Elliot Electric crew has 10 people in Vero Beach, Florida, which is located in the middle of Daytona Beach and West Palm Beach. 

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Additionally, two Appalachian Electric contract crews are on standby. Service Electric Company and Wolf Tree Experts are waiting for local co-op assistance. 

Authorities in Florida and the Carolinas continue to evacuate coastal areas in Dorian's path. 

The American Red Cross prepared 110 emergency response units for tens of thousands of evacuees in the days ahead.

Over a hundred tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots and blankets, have already been sent. 

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