Bakersfield PG&E crews aiding Florida crews with power outages

Crews repairing lines damaged by the storm

Staff gathered at daybreak Monday morning in response to Irma and is preparing to send crews to restore power.

"I've been on other storms down in the states and they are pretty happy to see you especially when they find out your from Canada", Dean Edwards, one of the Hydro One employees heading to Florida, told CTV Toronto.

Pacific Gas & Electric crews started to restore power to Florida Power & Light Customer following Hurricane Irma.

"They've been devastated down there".

Toronto Hydro and Hydro One have reciprocal agreements with North American utilities to provide help during major power outages. The company sent 175 employees, 52 bucket trucks, and 30 other vehicles and pieces of equipment to the hardest hit areas. "The commitment of our employees to assist during times of crisis is something every Ontarian should be proud of", Kiraly said.

Hydro One is a leader in safety and storm restoration efforts. This deployment will be different, as much of the restoration effort will require total rebuilding of power grid systems. "One of the big things is that the power is out to millions of customers", Gass said.

In the past, the utility has sent crews to Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Vermont, Washington, DC, and the Carolinas.

More than 6.7 million homes and businesses are without electricity after the powerful hurricane tore through the Caribbean and Florida before weakening into a tropical storm on Monday. For these efforts, Gulf Power was awarded the Edison Electric Institute Assistance Award or its extraordinary work assisting in power restoration efforts in a neighboring or nearby electric company. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. The hosting utility reimburses for associated costs. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H).

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