Mid-South workers help to restore power in northeast

Mid-South workers help to restore power in northeast

(WMC-TV) - Thousands in the northeast United States could be without power for days in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

In an effort to help restore power quicker, 60 line workers from all across Tennessee are traveling there to assist with power restoration.

Nine of those line men are from Henderson and Jackson, Tennessee.

"The terrain is mountainous in that area and there's light snow falling and as the day warms up, it'll turn to rain. Wind gusts are between 55 and 65 miles per hour," said Phillip Mullins with Southwest TN Electric Membership Corporative.

Those nine men left early Monday morning from Brownsville's Southwest TN headquarters.

Southwest sent two bucket trucks and one truck designed for digging poles to New Castle, Virginia.

"They were told to pack for a minimum of one week. I would expect them to be there two weeks," added Mullins.

Southwest TN electric officials tell Action News 5 there are nine additional employees from Covington and Brownsville who have been put on reserve. There is a chance that these nine will have to travel to the northeast to relieve the nine Southwest has already sent there to work.

Southwest officials say there is a big chance their employees will be sent to places outside of New Castle once the power there is restored.

Chickasaw Electric in Somerville also sent four of their line workers to Warsaw, Virginia to assist with similar power outages.

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