Alabama Power Crews Headed to Illinois to Support Storm Recovery

| August 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Alabama Power crews, fresh off supporting East Coast restoration efforts from Tropical Storm Isaias, are now moving west to help get the lights on in Illinois.

More than 200 Alabama Power personnel spent the weekend and early part of this week in New Jersey assisting utility FirstEnergy and its subsidiary, Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) after Isaias pummeled the Garden State. More than 1 million New Jersey residents were affected by the tropical storm.

While Alabama Power crews were wrapping up restoration work in New Jersey on Monday, a violent derecho – a swift-moving thunderstorm system – was tearing through the Midwest with wind gusts topping 100 mph. The derecho got its start in South Dakota and Nebraska, and rolled through portions of Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area. The storm and accompanying winds damaged homes and sent debris flying. It also spawned tornadoes, including one in the Windy City that became a waterspout in Lake Michigan.

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