LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Utility crews from Louisville are on their way to Puerto Rico to help restore power.

Many parts of the island have been without power since Hurricane Maria hit in September.

Twelve trucks from LG&E left Friday morning to meet up with another dozen trucks from Kentucky Utilities. They'll go to Norfolk, Virginia, where the trucks will be loaded onto ships and transported to Puerto Rico.

Group leader of operations, Keith Holeman said the workers will be away from their families for up to eight weeks. "They have worked so hard to put this thing together.  It's unreal the challenges we've went through to put this thing together to be able to go over and help in the restoration effort."

Crews have been told they'll be working in mountainous areas repairing and replacing broken poles and lines.

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