GULFPORT, Miss. (WJTV) — A Mississippi power company is sending crews to Florida and Georgia to help with restoration efforts from Hermine.
Hermine weakened to a tropical storm as it moved farther inland after making landfall in the Florida area as a hurricane early Friday morning.
More than 80 linemen and engineers from Mississippi Power went to Florida to help with any electrical services.
“We, along with our sister companies and many other southeastern electric utilities, have monitored this system for more than a week to understand how it will impact us. Since forecasts indicate our service territory should miss the brunt of the storm, we have the opportunity to send crews to Florida to assist in their restoration,” said Storm Director Randall Pinkston.
In addition to sending crews to Florida, teams are being sent to Georgia to help Georgia Power. At last check, MS Power said Georgia experienced about 55,000 without electricity due to the storm.
“Mutual assistance is an industry partnership whereby utilities that are impacted by significant weather events receive restoration assistance from utilities that are not impacted,” Pinkston added. “For decades, the partnership has enabled us to help other utilities minimize the inconvenience of storm-related outages while ensuring we’re able to maintain the same level of service our customers have come to expect here at home when we are impacted.”