Mississippi Power storm teams heading to Massachusetts

Mississippi Power storm teams heading to Massachusetts

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Power is sending crews to help assist utility companies in Massachusetts after a powerful storm moved through the area on Sunday and Monday, leaving thousands without power.

About 90 linemen, engineers and support personnel from across the company's service territory left on Tuesday to travel an estimated 1,440 miles.

According to the Boston Globe, more than 1.5 million people are without power in New England, with more than 300,000 of those being 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."

"Any time 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."