Hannibal utility linemen are coming to the rescue for areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

According to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, 47 lineworkers from Hannibal, Macon, Carthage, Columbia, Higginsville, Independence, Nixa, Poplar Bluff and Waynesville will work in the Tallahassee area to respond to power outages. They're taking bucket trucks and digger trucks and 11 other linework vehicles.

The call for help from Missouri came well ahead of the storm's landfall. The responding crews are from public power electric utilities, non-profit community-owned electric utilities that serve their individual cities but also have agreements allowing staff to help other areas during widespread power outages. Hannibal will be reimbursed for its help in the mutual aid network by the municipal utilities that receive assistance.