Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma


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. Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in Florida, sustained heavy damage to its transmission systems, the high-voltage network of lines that deliver electricity from the power plants.

About 20 percent of FPL customers in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties don't have power.

"We do appreciate the effort FPL made in being here in full force all week", Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said. "We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives".

Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.

"I was on the street this morning and a good numerous shutters have been removed, window washers are out and clean up has begun", she said in an email.

The Treasure Coast was on the storm's strongest side, the east side and the eye passed between Sebring and Tampa as it moved north.

FPL, which provides electric power to Broward County, estimates it will restore power to essentially all customers along its eastern service territory by the end of this coming weekend.

Georgia Power urging customers still without power from Irma to be aware of potential scams during statewide recovery.

Almost 1,000 accounts classified as high-priority critical infrastructure facilities were impacted by Irma.

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills stirred outrage at what many saw as a preventable tragedy, and heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread, lingering power outages.

Perry said 60,000 utility workers from US and Canada are in the disaster area working to get power back on. "Hitting the ground running is certainly crucial".

Tens of thousands of customers in southwest Florida and south Florida remain without electricity.

"The six days that we've gone without power, unbelievably disturbing, because you just can't do anything", southeast Palm Bay resident Brooke Pestano told News 6 Friday.

"It's very frustrating", Holder said. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".