More Help From NJ on the Way for Hurricane Irma Recovery Effort
TRENTON — More help from New Jersey is headed to Florida as Hurricane Irma's path of wind and rain tears a path of destruction through Florida.
PSE&G sent 154 workers to Florida from their facilities in Moorestown and Irvington for a possible 4-week stay helping restore power. Over 100,000 customers lost power in South Florida and the Keys as Irma made initial landfall.
Al De'Alesandro of Montvale is part of the group, and going towards a problem as part of a mutual aid call is nothing new for the 30-year veteran.
"This is what we do everyday. We install and maintain poles and overhead wires and during emergency situations we restore power to our customers," he said "Safety is the number one priority to us and with the policies and procedures we have in place we'll be able to efficiently restore power to the residents of Florida."
De'Alesandro's group of 11 will arrive in North Carolina by Sunday night, and then continue to Lake Worth, Florida, located west of Jacksonville.
JCP&L and Atlantic City Electric also sent crews to help with restoration
Members of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management's Task Force 1 are at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle awaiting their next mission. 134 members of the New Jersey Army National Guard are also standing by to assist with rescue and recovery from Irma.
As Texas animal shelters did during Hurricane Harvey, Florida shelters are moving their existing animals out of the area to so they will have room for strays turned in after Irma. St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center accepted 234 dogs and cats plus four rabbits at Morristown Airport on Saturday, who will be sent to several partner shelters in New Jersey and New England for adoption.
The Monmouth County SPCA also took in dogs from rescue organization in flood prone Georgetown, South Carolina,d which will be available for adoption soon.
As the storm churns toward Florida, red flags are flying at Jersey Shore beaches because of a High Risk of Rip Currents created by swells from Hurricanes Irma and Jose. Cooler weather will also likely keep many off unguarded beaches.
15 people were pulled out of the unguarded waters of Ocean Grove's beaches on Tuesday thanks to the efforts of off-duty guards.
"The last day for guards in Ocean Grove was Labor Day. We are fortunate that our guards are very dedicated, and check in down there periodically off duty," a spokesperson for Ocean Grove lifeguards said.
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