Mississippi Power storm teams heading to Massachusetts

Mississippi Power storm teams heading to Massachusetts

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Mississippi Power is sending crews to Massachusetts to assist utility companies in the northeast after a powerful storm moved through the area late Sunday and early Monday.

Nearly 90 linemen, engineers and support personnel from across the company’s service territory left Tuesday morning on the trip estimated to be more than 1,440 miles.

According to the Boston Globe, more than 1.5 million customers are without power Monday evening across New England, with more than 300,000 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 September, Mississippi Power crews restored electricity to more than 17,000 Georgia Power customers in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irma.

Earlier this month, Georgia Power assisted company storm crews in restoring electricity to nearly 22,000 customers after Hurricane Nate came ashore on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“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.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.