Michigan Electric Workers Headed To Help Florida

Sep 8, 2017

Nearly 2-dozen workers from Michigan are driving to Florida to help get power restored after a killer hurricane named Irma batters the Sunshine state. 

Employees of Consumers Energy left Thursday from a parking lot in Jackson. 

They are driving 40 bucket trucks and other vehicles and equipment to repair power lines that will be ripped down by the storm.

The dangerous Category 5 storm is wielding the most powerful winds ever recorded for a storm in the Atlantic Ocean. It is on a path that could take it toward Florida over the weekend.

Consumers Energy worker Darrell Browning told WLNS-TV that helping others in need is rewarding.

"[It's a] very humbling experience to see the devastation and to know that we're there to get the power back on, it's a rewarding experience for me," said Browning to WLNS-TV.

President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma prepares for landfall.