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MS Power sends crews to Northeast for hurricane assistance

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

As residents in the Northeast prepare for Hurricane Sandy, Mississippi Power is lending a helping hand by sending crew members, according to Mississippi Power spokesperson Keith Guillot.

Sixty-two personnel and additional team members left Sunday for a drive to Philadelphia, PA. They are expected to arrive Tuesday evening and provide mechanical, safety, security and logistics support, Guillot said.

He said Mississippi Power received a request for assistance from Philadelphia Electric Company, PECO, which serves the Philadelphia area.

"Anytime another utility faces a natural disaster, we're pleased to be able to lend our support," said Distribution Manager Randall Pinkston. "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."

The crews are packed for 14 days. However, the extent of the damage will determine how long they stay.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall early Tuesday.

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