ORLANDO, Fla. — One by one, the trucks filed into the parking lot.
Around the bend, through channels of orange cones and yellow-vested security guards. Coming to a stop in a line, like an army of Stormtroopers marching home from battle.
They may as well have been Stormtroopers. This was Orlando, after all, and the army was from far, far away. Instead of guns, though, they carried tools. Instead of Jedi, they battled the remnants left behind by Hurricane Ian.
Like many of the hundreds of men and women, Conner Smith was one of the soldiers called in by his union to make the 24-hour drive to Florida. The tree trimmer from Detroit spent the past two days working long hours to clear space for the linemen to string their wires. This, he said, was his first hurricane.