OG&E teams return home from Hurricane Irma restoration

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Customers provided the crews with food, drinks and thanks as they worked on restoring the power.

"The people of the UAE stand with the people of Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma", said UAE ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba.

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At its peak, 7.8 million residents were affected by outages due to Hurricane Irma, making it one of the largest power restorations in US history.

He suspended tolls on September 5, because he wanted to focus on recovery efforts and allow people to evacuate and return to the state before and after Hurricane Irma. "But, we pulled together and completed the fastest restoration of the largest amount of people by any one utility in USA history". FPL shows about 2,500 accounts still without power on Friday, including 1,100 between Lee and Collier Counties.

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Lee County was at 1 percent, or 3,452 homes and businesses.

Most of the remaining outages are located in Lehigh Acres, Immokalee and Everglades City with pockets of customers in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers also affected.

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On Wednesday, an FPL workforce of almost 11,000 was in Southwest Florida alone. The management team has one more day of work around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and are expected to head home Friday morning. The rest of the power outages are customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

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