Alabama Power crews head west to help energize states hit hard by recent storms


Courtesy: Alabama Power

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WDHN) — Crews are preparing to head west once again to assist with power restoration. It is the third time in less than two months that teams from Alabama Power are traveling to areas hit hard by back-to-back hurricanes.

Last week, Hurricane Delta moved ashore near Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane. In late August, Hurricane Laura hit roughly the same part of Louisiana as a Category 4, disrupting power grids in that state and parts of southeast Texas.

“More than 70 Alabama Power team members from across the state, including line crews and support personnel, are traveling west Monday to support utilities in Texas,” according to a statement provided by Alabama Power.

(left to right) Lineman Derrick Lofton and apprentice Lineman Marshal Rogers work to restore power after Hurricane Sally in Mobile, Alabama USA on September 18, 2020. photo by Dan Anderson/Alabama NewsCenter

As of Sunday afternoon, Alabama Power reported over 370,000 outages in the Texas and Louisiana region.

“During this record-setting storm season, Alabama Power crews spent 17 days away from home assisting Louisiana and Texas utilities with restoration following Hurricane Laura, which brought severe flooding and damaging winds,” the electric utility company said.

Closer to home, Alabama Power crews restored power following Hurricane Sally in mid-September. The worst weather from that tropical system was felt in southwest Alabama and portions of the Florida panhandle.

Alabama Power, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., reminds its customers to stay weather-aware and to have a storm plan.

Hurricane season continues through the end of November.

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