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Hurricane power

Electric crews are lined up Friday in Tallahassee, Florida, to help restore power after Hurricane Michael.

Crews from Lincoln Electric System and Grand Island Utilities have started replacing broken utility poles in Florida after Hurricane Michael passed through the area.

They arrived early Friday morning in Tallahassee.

Nearly 1.5 million people were without power when the crews first arrived, and 17 deaths have been reported as a result of the storm and power outages.

The City of Tallahassee reported on Twitter on Saturday that almost 70 percent of customers have regained power. The city's goal is 90 percent by the end of the weekend.

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More than 119 tons of debris have been moved.

Vince Lieb, a veteran electrical worker with LES, said seeing the devastation and efforts needed to restore power makes people appreciate his field of work.

"You take electricity and the car away, and we're pretty primitive people," Lieb said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7223 or ckeene@journalstar.com.

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