Company storm crews arrive in northeast

Company storm crews arrive in northeast

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After traveling more than 1,400 miles, Mississippi Power storm crews arrived in the northeast early Thursday to begin restoration work for thousands of residents who lost power due to a strong weekend storm.

The crew of nearly 90 linemen, engineers and support personnel gathered at a staging area near Lincoln, R.I. to prepare for restoration work.

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

“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.”

According to National Grid’s online outage map, more than 88 percent of their Rhode Island customers have had power restored, with more than 14,000 still without electricity.

“The damage from this severe storm has been one of the most disruptive in recent history. We expect customers to continue to have power restored throughout the day into this evening,” said National Grid on its outage central page.

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.

On Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported more than 1.5 million lost power in New England after the storm.

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.