After Hurricane Irma, Floridians thankful for utility crews

FirstEnergy, PECO and PPL sent hundreds to help

Hundreds of workers representing FirstEnergy, PECO, and PPL are still in Florida, helping to restore full power more than a week after Hurricane Irma stormed through the Sunshine State.

In addition to working 16-hour days, the crews have met some characters who have blown up the internet with viral videos and photos.

"One of the side benefits that we receive from doing this kind of work is that a lot of the customers are very, very appreciative," said Kurt Blumenau, a PPL spokesman.

One grateful guy, for instance, told workers they could take his Dodge Charger for a spin. They politely declined.

Another woman who really wanted power posted on Facebook a picture of herself holding a sign that read, "Hot single female seeks sexy lineman to electrify her life."

Soon enough, the lights were back on, although not because of her photo.

"Thank you for helping with the restoration of our power!" Janet Bleich of Fort Myers, Florida, posted on Met-Ed's Facebook page. "It is a mess down here... I certainly hope that we are spared any more for a while."

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