Snohomish PUD workers heading to help with Hurricane Irma relief

EVERETT, Wash. -- Workers from Snohomish County P.U.D. left Sunday morning to help with hurricane relief in Florida and Georgia.

Nineteen electrical workers are on their way to help at least 2.3 million people who lost power because of Hurricane Irma. More people are expected to lose electricity as the hurricane makes its way up Florida's gulf coast.

“I've never been in such big storm repair setting and I know there’s always a need for extra help and this is what I’ve been trained to do," Mark Hakso told Q13 News. "I have the skill and the time available to do that, and my wife said 'yes.' She’s ok with me going, which is important, and just an opportunity to help those who need it.”

Hakso and his colleagues will begin in Georgia where the teams will be told where to go from there.