With Hurricane Dorian expected to land on Florida’s east coast on Monday, local electric utilities are expecting damage to their infrastructure with many people losing their electricity service. When Canada has a problem – usually from an ice storm in winter – American Utility companies often help out so now it’s our turn. This morning (Friday) Cobourg’s Lakefront Utilities sent an electric line crew to Florida – no doubt wise to get there before moving around is difficult or impossible. They will miss out on any “planned Labour Day family time to assist in whatever way they can for restoration of power.” Every county in Florida is under a state of emergency as the state prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane to hit its east coast since Hurricane Andrew.
Dorian is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph; Andrew was Category 5 and hit in August 1992.
In March 2018, LUI also sent a small crew to Westchester County in New York to help restore power in the wake of the nor’easter that wreaked havoc on Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. and last September a small crew went to New Jersey to assist the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States as they prepared for Hurricane Florence.
All costs for these crews are paid by the utility requesting assistance. The exact Florida location (City/County) was not announced. The assistance is done in collaboration with LUI’s Belleville based partner Tal Trees Power Services Corp., an affiliate of Spark Power of Oakville.