Hurricane Irma


MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company crews have returned from Florida.

Eight linemen and a supervisor were deployed to Tampa where they assisted TECO Energy in cleanup from Hurricane Irma. Officials say as efforts were wrapping up near Tampa another electric company requested UPPCO’s assistance further south near Fort Meyers. The crews helped restore power to residents for another week before returning to the U.P.


TAMPA, FL--   Crews from Upper Peninsula Power Company are on their way to Florida to assist in power restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma caused widespread outages. 

Tuesday morning utility workers left the U.P. and headed toward Tampa. They’ll be joined by line technicians and supporting staff from across the country.

UPPCO Vice President Brett French says U.P. customers won’t be impacted by the crews’ departure. He says they have sufficient resources remaining to respond to inclement weather or other events that may affect power delivery.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais says Guard members "are anxious to get down there" as soon as possible.

The Guard says it will be providing security, humanitarian assistance and aircraft maintenance.

Approximately 425 soldiers from the 126th Infantry Regiment will first head to Camp Grayling in northern Michigan, pack equipment and then depart for Florida on Tuesday.