Power Outages Persist For Millions In Florida, Georgia And Carolinas After Irma

Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles compresses

Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles compresses

On Monday, when Florida was at the height of the power outages, 6.7 million accounts were impacted.

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

Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service.

About 20,000 FPL employees have been working to restore service, the Naples Daily News reported.

"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy.

FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide.

Latest Power Outage Data specifically for Duke Energy can be found here.

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

The electricity can't start soon enough for Florida, where the mercury will hover around 85 degrees with 75 percent humidity for most of the next 10 days.

Some customers on Florida's west coast might not have service restored until September 22, the utility told the News. "While we are very happy to see that progress has been made, until we are back to 100 percent, we can't be satisfied". "Initial assessments suggest that hardened FPL feeders, which are our main power lines, performed 30 percent better during Irma than non-hardened feeders".

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Georgia Power reported almost 165,000 of its customers were still affected. He held calls with utility companies and directed the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to provide law enforcement escorts to utility vehicles to ensure that they can quickly and safely reach communities still in need. More than 8,000 personnel are working around the clock as part of Georgia Power's statewide restoration effort, including more than 2,300 Alabama Power crew members and support personnel. "Was not interested to get there", she said, blaming Florida Power and Light, not the nursing home staff, for the deaths.

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