National Grid CNY crews heading south to help restore power after Irma

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - More than 300 National Grid workers are heading south to help restore power to millions impacted by Irma.

Of the group going to Florida, 110 of the workers are from Upstate New York, according to Virginia Limmiatis, a spokeswoman for National Grid.

The convoy began its 36-hour journey Tuesday morning after leaving their Beacon North Facility in North Syracuse.

Limmiatis says the crews will stop in Roanoke, Va., before making the final stretch to Tampa Bay where they will set up a temporary home base.

From there, Limmiatis crews could be sent to other states such as North Carolina to help with any potential power outages.

The effort is a part of a multiple agency effort to help get Florida back up and running. National Grid will be assisting Duke Energy and Tampa Electric.

The convoy is expected to arrive in Florida by Thursday afternoon.

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