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Custom Search, Tuesday September 12, 2017
Power workers from West Virginia joining Irma response
With the number of power outages still in the millions in Florida after Hurricane Irma, power crews from West Virginia were among the convoys of help moving into the Sunshine State in the storm’s aftermath for what could be weeks of restoration work. By Wednesday morning, about 20 linemen, mechanics, safety workers and support staff with FirstEnergy’s Mon Power were expected to be working in Port St. Lucie, Florida which sits along the Atlantic Ocean between Vero Beach and West Palm Beach. Those workers, who were traveling with equipment, were en route to Lake City and possibly Orlando, Florida on Tuesday to await instructions from Florida Power and Light. A message on Florida Power and Light’s website said the following: “We’re experiencing widespread outages and there is no need to report your outage at this time. Rest assured, we are committed to restoring your power safely and as quickly as possible.” Up until early Tuesday, Todd Meyers, external communications manager for FirstEnergy, the parent company of Mon Power, said the Mon Power workers had been on standby near Columbia, South Carolina awaiting Irma’s passage...Read more