Hurricane Irma: Restoration Workforce Grows, Progress Being Made to Restore Power

Irma to Test Florida Utility's $3 Billion of Power-Grid Upgrades

Irma to Test Florida Utility's $3 Billion of Power-Grid Upgrades

Following Hurricane Irma, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, affected utility companies have launched large-scale efforts to assess damage caused by the storm and restore power to customers.

West Coast - estimated power restoration by EOD 9/22, possible exception in areas hit by tornadoes, flooding & severe damage.

Major utilities in the state - including Florida Power & Light Co, Duke Energy Corp and Tampa Electric - have mobilised tens of thousands of workers to deal with the enormous power outages, which by Monday evening numbered more than 7.4 million homes and businesses after Hurricane Irma landed as a Category 4 storm early Sunday.

"We have the largest restoration workforce in USA history responding to the worst storm in our company's history", Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, said.

Duke deployed more than 9,000 linesmen and support crew members to Irma-struck areas, but can not yet say how long some customers will be without power. The company reported more than 9,500 individual cases of damage or trouble, such as broken poles and lines, across its service territory.

"Restoring power to our Gulf Power customers will be our priority".

This was the first time that all the counties in FPL's range had been impacted by Irma, Gould said. "Our crews are up to the challenging work ahead, including rebuilding where necessary".

About 42 percent of Manatee County residents woke up Tuesday without power, according to a power outage update provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management Tuesday. It then focuses on transmission lines that deliver to large areas, and then concentrate on critical facilities such as hospitals, police department and 911 centers. Officials estimate that it could take weeks to bring power back online. A total of nearly 4.5 million Florida Power & Light customers have been affected by the storm, with about 1 million getting service restored, mostly by automated devices. "But what's important for customers to know is that we know where the outages are within our system". He is also co-chair of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, which coordinates the utility industry and government response to disasters and cyberthreats. As a result, customers should be prepared for the possibility of extended power outages. Up to 20,000 Gulf Power customers could lose power from the storm.

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