Hydro One, Toronto Hydro sending crews to Florida

Among the crews, Hydro One says it will send 150 lines and forestry staff, as well as 25 supporting resources, including mechanics, to help. Up to 20,000 Gulf Power customers could lose power from the storm.

Crews are expected to cross the Canada/U.S. border in Niagara region, Thousand Islands, Pigeon River and Fort Frances on Monday afternoon and are expected to reach the affected areas by Wednesday.

Hydro One announced today that it will mobilize 175 employees down to Florida to help with the Hurricane Irma relief 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”. “It’s what we do – we’re there for our neighbors in their time of need and when we need them – they send the troops to us”.

Gulf Power officials reported 4,600 customers’ power had been restored since Irma began impacting the company’s service area late Sunday night.

“Our crews will follow direction”, said BGE spokeswoman Linda Foy.

Many remember what it was like after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and they are anxious to restore power and hope to those that have lost so much”.

Courtesy KY Power -Kentucky Power employees pull out of the Pikeville Service Center on Tuesday to assist Florida utilities in restoring electric service following Hurricane Irma.

It will be one of the largest electric restoration efforts in USA history. Sister utilities Pepco and Delmarva Power also sent employees as part of the Exelon contingent.

A Hydro One spokesperson said the company has reciprocal arrangements in place with other North American utilities to help with significant power outages.

Pictured: Gulf Power crews roll out of their Pine Forest Road office Tuesday morning for Tampa.

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