FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dominion Energy is preparing for the possibility of widespread power outages as Hurricane Florence comes inland.

Roughly 400 contractors and crews from 11 different states gathered outside the Augusta Expo Center Thursday, September 13. The electric company says these are professional linemen and tree-cutting services that have worked hurricanes before.

“We have operators, groundsmen, apprentice lineman and lineman foreman, general foremen, and people like me in the safety department,” said Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc. Field Safety Director Tommy Harper. “We have a little bit of everything.”

The Fishersville location is one of two staging areas Dominion is using in preparation for sending teams out to repair whatever damage the storm inflicts on power service. The other staging area is in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. An additional 800 crews are said to be coming in to help utilities companies down the East Coast, as well.

“We've been preparing for this storm for weeks now. We are prepared for the worst. Just because the hurricane has been downgraded doesn't mean that we're in the clear, we are still prepared for the worst and we're not going to let our guard down,” said Dominion Energy Spokesperson Daisy Pridgen.

Dominion says their linemen and contractors will not stop working until lights are back on.

“We've already sent some crews towards the east, but the crews here now will sit here until it hits land, and we know where the damage is and then we'll dispatch the crews,” Dominion Energy Technical Consultant David Strole said.

People can report an outage to Dominion Energy by calling 866-366-4357 or clicking here.