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Due To Irma's High Winds, Tallahassee Electric Crews Standing Down For Now

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At least 11,000 city of Tallahassee electric customers are without power. But, as of 5 a.m., electric crews have been pulled off the road due to Irma conditions.

While thousands remain without power, electric crews worked overnight to restore power back to more than 11,000 residents. But, Rob McGarrah, the General Manager of the City of Tallahassee’s Electric Utility, says that’s been put on hold, at least for now.

“I wanted to let you know that the weather’s gotten bad enough out there right now that we’ve had to pull our crews off the street for their safely. They’ll be riding the storm out, and as soon the winds get down low enough for us to work safely, we’ll be back out working to get power on to all of our customers.”

Meanwhile, since around 6 a.m., more than 5.7 million people are without power statewide.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.