Mississippi Power sending storm crew to Massachusetts

Mississippi Power sending storm crew to Massachusetts
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MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Mississippi Power is sending crews to Massachusetts to help other utility companies after a powerful storm traveled through the area late Sunday and early Monday.

The power company sent nearly 90 crew members toward the northeast Tuesday morning.

According to the Boston Globe, more than 1.5 millions customers are without power across New England, with more than 30,000 of those in Massachusetts.

"We have crews involved from the Coast, Pine Belt and Meridian divisions," said Scott Cashwell, Engineering services manager. "Traveling safely and restoring electricity safely and efficiently will be our team's focus during this trip. They will make numerous stops and alternate drivers so everyone can stay alert on the roads."

In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma, Mississippi Power crews restored electricity to more than 17,000 Georgia Power customers.

Early October, Georgia assisted storms crews on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Nate. The crews helped restore nearly 22,000 customers.

"Anytime another utility faces a natural disaster, we're always ready to lend our support," said Nicole Faulk, Customer Services Organization vice president. "We are able to send crews to the Northeast to provide assistance, while still meeting the service and reliability needs of our customers here in Mississippi.