Million Remain Without Power in Florida as Residents Survey Irma Damage


Florida Power and Lights, the state's largest utility provider, said it has 21,500 personnel assigned to power restoration.

After Hurricane Irma took power from residents across Georgia, crews have been on the job to ensure power is restored. "And it will be underway and continued".

About 2,100 Coastal Electric and Georgia Power customers in South Bryan were without power as of 9 a.m. In Lee County, 198,950 of FPL's 259,900 had outages, according to the website. TECO, the parent of Tampa Electric, reported about 284,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning in the Tampa/Hillsborough County area. In Immokalee, Everglades City and Lehigh Acres, none of its customers had electricity.

If you see a crew passing but not stopping, it may be because work must be performed at a nearby location before electric service can be restored to your home.

In total, FPL said it has now restored power to more than half of its customers affected by the storm.

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While FPL hopes to have power back to all customers on the eastern seaboard by the end of the weekend, customers on the west side could be without power until September 22. Nancy Eason, 67, died Monday after a tree fell on a vehicle in which she was riding in Forsyth County, sheriff's office said. He did say that some areas hit by tornadoes or flooding may take longer.

"The nuclear reactors remain in a very safe state", Gould said. This will not be just a daylight operation. And, customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

"That is a challenge we're facing", Kraft said.

In Puerto Rico, the government announced 1 million people lost power from Irma. "We are working on it but do not have that at this time".

Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia.

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ERIC SILAGY: We've never had that many outages. "We are definitely not seeing poles down like we anticipated". The storm brought down trees and power lines, leaving many classrooms with power.

While acknowledging the public's frustration, utility officials said they are getting power back on faster than they did after Hurricane Wilma hit the state 12 years ago.

If you're wondering when you'll get your power back, you are not alone. It wasn't, and as of Friday afternoon he was still running generator power into his house. Some of us were told the power was on, when it was off. Gould said the home was not listed as a "top tier critical infrastructure facility" by the county.

"We're entering the stage of this restoration where we have restored numerous big blocks of customers and we're now going into neighborhoods and in some cases going house by house". Then come the smaller pockets of customers. "But what's important for customers to know is that we know where the outages are within our system". All of Georgia Power's resources were held in the state prior to the storm and have remained in Georgia to lead the company's restoration effort.

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