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FirstEnergy, Met-Ed send crews to Florida

380 workers among others from across US staging in Lake City

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Some Met-Ed workers from Berks County are heading to Florida to help in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Muhlenberg Township-based Met-Ed's parent company, FirstEnergy, said it has sent 380 workers to the Jacksonville area to assist Florida Power and Light. Twenty-five of those workers are with Met-Ed.

Those heading to Florida are linemen, support personnel and vehicle mechanics. Most left early Thursday morning.

Met-Ed officials said the crews from Pennsylvania will stay in Florida as long as they are needed.

As of Friday afternoon, FP&L reported more than 680,000 homes and businesses were without power as Hurricane Matthew skirted the state's eastern seaboard. Nearly 250,000 customers have had their electricity restored.

The counties with the highest number of outages are:

• Brevard County (includes Melbourne, Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach): 186,970

• Volusia County (includes Daytona Beach): 157,470

• Martin County (includes Palm City and Stuart): 44,600

• St. Lucie (incldes Ft. Pierce, White City): 41,400

• Palm Beach County (includes Boca Raton and West Palm Beach): 46,060

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Electricity provider Duke Energy is reporting that 115,284 of its customers are without power. TECO and other utilities reported about 97,100 customers affected.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning that the state is only halfway through the storm and more outages are inevitable. Scott urged residents to stay away from downed power lines until utility crews can render them safe.

FirstEnergy crews have assisted in Florida before, and Met-Ed officials said crews from Florida Power and Light helped them before, including after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.


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