Hundreds of employees from a Washington D.C. utility company are heading to Florida to help with repairs caused by Hurricane Irma, according to DC area news station WTOP.
A spokeswoman for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Linda Foye, reportedly said they are sending about 200 crew members.
“Our crews, from this location, are going to be going to Florida,” Foye said. “Our crews will follow direction. They just go in and they start rebuilding the electric system, doing whatever is required to get customers in that area back in service.”
Adding to BGE’s crews are Pepco and Delmarva Power, who are reportedly also sending employees tentatively scheduled to work in the state for a week.
As Category 4 Hurricane Irma pounds Florida, working its way up the west coast with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, nearly 2-million customers are reported to be without power. Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), warned that Floridians could be left without power for an extended period of time.
“This is a complex event,” Long said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The power is going to be out for a long time.”
First Lady Melania Trump offered her thanks to first responders via Twitter on Sunday, writing: “Thank you to 1st responders! Stay safe!”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) September 10, 2017
She included an image taken during a briefing President Donald Trump received, regarding the storm, while at Camp David where he and the first lady are spending the weekend.
Vice President Mike Pence also commented about the storm Sunday, urging Floridians to listen to local officials.
“It’s important to remember that this is and continues to be a very dangerous storm,” Pence said during a visit to the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “And we urge everyone within the sound of our voice to heed the warnings of local officials whether that be to shelter in place or if in the farthest northern parts of the state, there’s still an opportunity, according to local officials, to move out of the way and to evacuate to a safe shelter.”
He said that the storm needs to be taken seriously.
“It is a storm of historic and epic proportions,” the vice president continued.
Pence said the federal government will stand with local and state officials, to help in “live-saving mission[s]” and for recovery efforts after the storm.
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