FEU Preparing to Assist with Irma
February 8, 2018
FirstEnergy Utilities (FEU) is preparing to send line crews, damage assessors and support personnel to Florida to assist with power restoration efforts expected in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Considered one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, Irma struck the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday with winds of up to 185 mph. The Category 5 storm is on a path to impact most of the Florida peninsula this weekend.
There are several scenarios still in play as to Irma’s track over the next week. As a result, FEU will continue to monitor potential impact to our service territory before giving the company contingent the go-ahead for departure – now tentatively set for Saturday morning.
“Irma already has caused extensive damage to islands in the Caribbean,” says John Huber, director, Emergency Preparedness, FEU. “We’ve been participating in mutual assistance calls through the Southeastern Electric Exchange to discuss requests for resources by electric utilities in Florida and the southeast region of the country.”