FirstEnergy helps with Hurricane Irma relief efforts
FirstEnergy helps with Hurricane Irma relief efforts
Credit BGE Communications
12 September, 2017, 08:17
Almost 900 workers - including some MetEd in York - are heading to Florida to assist in efforts to restore power after Hurricane Irma's arrival over the weekend.
Bucket and boom trucks from El Paso Electric drove to Lake City Florida this weekend where they will be assigned to areas around the state.
"Access to electricity can be a lifeline in a disaster and our crews are determined to help restore power to the families and businesses in Florida as quickly and safely as possible", Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro One, said in a statement on Monday.
The workforce of more than 18,000 electric service personnel from almost 30 states will begin work today. "While it's not expected that Hurricane Irma will impact any FirstEnergy service territories, we have carefully assessed conditions and are confident we have the personnel in place to maintain reliable operations for our customers, while also assisting those in need in Florida".
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They have now been moved to Miami at the request of Florida Power and Light.
Hydro One will send 150 lines and forestry staff, as well as 25 supporting resources, including mechanics, to help with the much-needed restoration efforts.
The utility said that more than 121 Delmarva Power employees and contractors have been sent south as part of mutual assistance networks coordinating recovery efforts.
"I've been reiterating with our crews the importance of safety and making sure that we maintain our safe work practices as we restore power to the people of Florida". In 2012, 225 Hydro One employees travelled to Long Island, N.Y., to help out with Hurricane Sandy. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association.
Hurricane-force winds extend out 15 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles. Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose .
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On Monday afternoon, as the storm began bearing down on Broward County, local transformers blew and took out power for thousands. Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami Beach, Fla.
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The high pressure ridge should prevail most of this week, bringing temperatures across much of Upstate to almost 80 degrees. The track will then bring what's left of the storm into parts of Tennessee and Kentucky, all the while weakening.
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