PSO crews are in Orlando to restore power to residents impacted by Hurricane Ian

TULSA, Okla. — Crews from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) are helping to restore power to residents after Hurricane Ian hit land Wednesday.

PSO crews have arrived in Orlando, and will be ready to go to work with Tampa Electric and Duke Energy as soon as it's...

Posted by Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) on Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm, but the National Weather Center predicts Ian will strengthen.

PSO’s Wayne Greene said 150 PSO employees and business partners were sent to Florida to help with anticipated damage from the hurricane. As many as 2.5 million people are without power in Florida as of Thursday.

Green told FOX23 contractors are coordinating with local crews to assess damage.

“There’s no better training for disasters than working as a line person in Oklahoma,” Greene said.

He continued, “We’re constantly facing tornadoes and thunderstorms and ice storms. They’re well trained on how to deal with a natural disaster.”

Widespread outages are keeping utility companies busy.

“They’ll be putting up new poles. They’ll be restringing wire, they’ll be doing everything it takes to get the electrical service restored to the people of Florida,” Greene said.

Greene said crews will remain in Florida until they’re told they are no longer needed.