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S. Fla. Utility Crews Help Restore Power Cut By Sandy, Nor’Easter

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A Florida Keys Energy Services truck covered in a blanket of snow in Long Island, New York on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (Source: Keys Energy Services)

A Florida Keys Energy Services truck covered in a blanket of snow in Long Island, New York on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (Source: Keys Energy Services)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — South Florida utility workers continue to work to restore power to the Northeast, where millions who lost electricity in Hurricane Sandy now face frigid temperatures and snow.

A group of Florida Keys Energy Services linemen remain in New York, working under frigid conditions. In a photograph, the KEYS’ crew truck was covered in a blanket of thick snow in Long island, New York on Friday morning.

Florida Power & Light also has crews in the region.

The Florida utility said it has dispatched more than 1,000 employees and contractors to help in the Sandy recovery effort. Those efforts have been hampered by the nor’easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in New York and New Jersey in darkness.

When FPL sent its crews north last week, officials said they were happy to help other states because Florida utilities usually get a helping hand whenever hurricanes strike here.

Crews from Georgia came to the state in October to help FPL restore power after Sandy’s rains drenched Florida.

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