London Hydro crews head to New York following nor'easter

London Hydro trucks hit the road Friday to help restore power in New York State to hundreds of thousands of Americans left in the dark following a winter storm.

More than 800,000 homes were reportedly without power following Wednesday's storm

London Hydro trucks hit the road Friday to help restore power in New York State to hundreds of thousands of Americans left in the dark following a winter storm. 

Four trucks and seven employees with the utility have been seconded to the United States to provide support. 

"They don't know yet which areas they'll be assigned but the outages are quite extensive," London Hydro spokesperson Nancy Hutton said. "There are a lot of downed trees and that tends to cause a lot of outages." 

Some parts of New York and New Jersey got more than 60 centimetres of snow from the nor'easter that hit earlier in the week. At the storm's peak, some 800,000 hydro customers were without electricity. 

The London crews will stay in the United States until they're released by the power authority to which they're assigned. 

"The fact that they've called out for assistance indicates to us that there's severe damage," Hutton said.

"The last thing you want is for people to be without power in this kind of weather."