During natural disasters, drivers of work trucks and fleet vehicles must complete their duties...

During natural disasters, drivers of work trucks and fleet vehicles must complete their duties while trying to protect their property and stay safe themselves.

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As Hurricane Ian leaves parts of Florida devastated in its wake and continues to pummel the East Coast of the U.S., utilities, government agencies, trucking fleets, and other commercial entities are responding.

Twitter users have been providing an up-close perspective on how those entities are deploying work vehicles to protect people and property and take an active role in the cleanup.

Before the storm hit, utilities from states as far away as New York sent convoys to Florida to be ready to restore power as needed. Many tweets showed videos from the highway of trucks on the move.

This Twitter user reported a traffic jam of trucks outside of Chattanooga, Tenn.

This user saw at least 100 trucks on I-95 on Tuesday.

At one point, power restoration efforts were suspended as conditions were too dangerous to work. The Kissimmee Utility suspended operations at 5:29 on Wednesday.

This user passed a series of tree trimming trucks on Tuesday headed to the Tampa area.

These ranchers were grateful for their Ram Truck that helped them tend to cattle before the storm.

In Punta Gorda on Florida’s western shore — one of the hardest hit areas — a semi-truck with trailer lays on its side, ostensibly blown over by Ian’s gale force winds.

AT&T reported that it had hundreds of trucks and equipment ready to deploy.

This fleet of septic trucks is ready assist.

Finally, fire fighters in Naples — and likely countless other first responder units — will have another massive job to clean up their own trucks and equipment.

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Chris Brown

Chris Brown

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As associate publisher of Automotive Fleet, Auto Rental News, and Fleet Forward, Chris Brown covers all aspects of fleets, transportation, and mobility.

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