Mississippi Power crew arrive in northeast

Rhode Island - Mississippi Power storm crews arrived in the Rhode Island early Thursday morning to start restoration works for the residents who lost power in the strong storm that blew through the northeast this past weekend.

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

"We left from Mississippi early Tuesday morning and reached our destination safely," said Melvin Roland, Pine Belt Division Distribution manager. "Our crews are assisting National Grid Thursday in some of the hardest-hit areas around the city of Providence. It was a long trip to get here, but our team was ready to go to work once we arrived."

The storm team features 24 linemen from the Coast Division, 20 from the Pine Belt Division and 10 from Meridian.

Mississippi Power's team joins more than 600 other crews working in the northeast.

"Our goal is to get as many customers safely and efficiently back online today," Roland added.