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14 September 2017, 12:58 | Dawn Berry
Tenn. electrical workers will help restore Florida power
The storm made landfall on September 10, leaving millions of people without electricity and running water in vast swaths of the state.
To help restore power, Dixie Electric in Montgomery is sending two-five person crews to Clay Electric in Florida to assist.
They headed out Sunday and were joined by linemen from Meeker, MN Valley - Jordan, Stearns, Todd-Wadena & Lake Region electric co-ops, all Minnesota Touchstone Energy cooperatives. It swamped homes, uprooted massive trees, flooded streets, cast boats ashore, snapped miles of power lines and toppled construction cranes atop the Miami skyline.
Officials have warned it could take weeks for electricity to be fully restored.
More than 60 Lexington County customers served by Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative were among those losing power, down from 640 earlier Monday.
The task that lies ahead is big, he said, noting downed infrastructure can force crews to start from scratch and build anew. Meanwhile, about two-dozen volunteers are expected to be recruited later for a second trip to the damaged area. "Additional BWEMC crews will swapped out later if needed".
PEC crews are scheduled to meet with Talquin Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Quincy, to restore power at a quicker pace over the next several days.
"I'm hoping mid-day, we'll be able to get some assessment crews out as the winds come closer to our threshold", he said, speaking to WFSU.
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