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Middle TN Electric Sends Crews To Florida For Hurricane Relief

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 20:27:39-04

Middle Tennessee Electric loaded up its vehicles, and headed down to Florida, to make sure power is restored as Hurricane Matthew makes landfall.

"There's going to be some serious situations they'll see. People will be in a situation where they need their power restored, they're going to see lots of damage, they're probably going to see some heartache," said Chris Jones, CEO, Middle Tennessee Electric.

The Electric Cooperative will be sending three crews from Franklin, Labanon, and Murfreesboro to Northern Florida. There, crews will help Clay Electric.

"Primarily they'll be fixing downed power lines. The storm when it comes through there will be lots of trees down and lots of power lines down. Winds like we're talking about," said Jones.

Middle Tennessee Electric is a Cooperative, that began communicating with other co-ops, and that's when the outreach effort began.

"There's wide spread damage one of the fundamental things people need to restore order is to have their power restored," said Jones.

Though its not clear how long the 12 man crew will be in Florida, Middle Tennessee Electric expects them to be there for about a week.