Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Additional MI crews sent to restore power after Irma

Additional MI crews sent to restore power after Irma

With Florida's widespread outages from Hurricane Irma, MidAmerican Energy has sent more than 250 employees to help out.

Power companies from the D.C. metropolitan area have been sending employees to assist, and Dominion Energy said it is contributing more resources to the effort this week.

Consumers Energy is expected to stay in the state and coordinate with Georgia Power for up to two weeks.

At least 12 million power customers remain in the dark after the storm rammed into the Florida Keys before hitting south Florida. By 1 p.m. only 460 residents in the Laurens Electric Cooperative territory were without power and several thousand were still out of power in the Duke Energy territory.

For Duke Energy, about 70 percent of its almost 1.8 million home and business customers remained without power on Tuesday. "As crews respond to make repairs and restore service, specific estimated times of restoration will be updated for individual areas and customers. We are not stopping until the job is complete". That number was down from close to 100,000 in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Wheeler says electric companies across the country have mutual aid agreements to ensure power can be restored quickly wherever there's a disaster.

About 11,000 customers in Greenville County were still without power Wednesday morning. The remaining 600,000 will have power back up by Sunday. "We are proud of their willingness to leave their families and friends to work long days, providing desperately needed help".

Tampa Electric said power had already been restored to about 20 percent of its customers who had been impacted.

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