Power Out For More Than 60 Percent Of Florida Homes And Businesses


Florida Power and Light (FPL), the state's largest utilities company, said they've been able to restore power 4:1 faster than in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in 2004.

Overall, FPL had restored 82 percent of the power to homes and businesses in South Florida as of Friday evening.

At least 32 deaths have been reported in Florida and seven more combined in Georgia and SC.

As of Saturday morning, FPL said it had restored power to 280,460 customers in Sarasota-Manatee who lost power from Irma, but 71,090 were still in the dark.

"We have an army on it, working day and night to get the lights back on after this truly unprecedented storm", he said.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company says that outages "reached a peak of approximately 154,000 on Monday", when Irma's heavy rains and strong winds buffeted the state, and that less than 9,000 outages remain, out of 720,000 customers. "With any storm like this there are going to be some outages".

"We are there for you 100 percent", Trump said as he shook hands while standing next to first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

"Unfortunately, there has been false information spread that FPL will reimburse customers for food losses as a result of Hurricane Irma".

Post-Irma woes continue for the millions of Floridians who remain without power.

At Gulf Power, a Southern Co. unit that serves just over 455,000 in northwest Florida, spokesman Rick DelaHaya said Monday morning that the brunt of Irma was just starting to arrive in that region. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or cable wires that touch a power line. The sheriff's office said in a news release that Nancy Eason was fatally injured as the tree pinned the 67-year-old retired court reporter and her husband inside the vehicle. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday.

The company on Tuesday said it expected to have the lights back on by the end of the weekend for the Atlantic coast.

Georgia power officials said Tuesday that about 800,000 people in the state lacked power. Irma caused extensive damage across the state by knocking down trees that destroyed or damaged homes and knocked down power lines.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said. The Turkey Point plant, located southwest of Miami, took a direct hit from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a Category 5 storm, and sustained no damage, the company said.