Electrical crews take off to help with those affected by Hurricane Irma

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live): Otter Tail Power crew members took off in ten power trucks Wednesday morning to go to hard hit areas from Hurricane Irma. About 20 employees will pull into Florida in just a few days and work under Florida Power and Lights.

The crew will not work with any engerized lines and don't know their exact location yet. They will be there for two weeks. The group sent is filling the big needs of lineman and service representatives.

As of Tuesday at 5 p.m. more than 5.5 million customers are without power in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas.

If crews are needed to help longer for than two weeks, crew members would come home either driving or flying back and another group of employees would be sent down there. This is a voluntary decision for employees but Otter Tail Power says they have many employees willing to go and help.