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Tallahassee Electric Crews Head To U.S. Virgin Islands To Help Restore Power

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City of Tallahassee

While a lot of the focus has been on Puerto Rico, another U.S. territory was affected too by Hurricane Maria. And, the city of Tallahassee is sending crews to help the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A team of 11 people from the Tallahassee Electric Utility left Tuesday to help St. Croix, the largest of the surrounding islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands.

St. Croix currently has the most customers without power. According to Tallahassee officials, the crews are expected to be on that island for awhile—which includes through the Thanksgiving holiday.

They’ll be joined by electric crews from Ocala, Fort Pierce, and Homestead.

According to the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, roughly between 17 and 45 percent of customers have had their power restored.

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.