Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Florida power outage map: How to check who has power

Florida power outage map: How to check who has power

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc. He said the time to evaluate the system's performance is after the restorations are complete, not now.

FPL estimates that almost 60 percent of customers impacted by Irma statewide had their power turned back on by Wednesday. FPL spokesman Rob Gould said, "This is going to be a very, very lengthy restoration, arguably the longest restoration and most complex in USA history".

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility cases, said in a filing last month that the proposal "appears to provide the potential for incremental savings for customers", but the office is concerned that the way it is structured would violate terms of a 2016 FPL rate settlement.

Power is expected to be restored to most of the state's west coast customers by the end of the day September 22, excluding the aforementioned exceptions.

FPL has said earlier this week that the company prioritizes restoring power to critical facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communications centers, water treatment plants, transportation and shelter. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, FPL reported 37,220 households without power, down from a post-hurricane high of 76,620.

As of Tuesday afternoon, FPL's website showed 183,100 of its 210,700 Collier County customers were still without power.

"Our guys are out there working around the clock to make sure we get everybody back online just as soon as possible", Mauldin said.

Franklin said he called FPL and was told to reset his circuit breakers. Irma, which once ranked among the most powerful storms in the Atlantic, has nevertheless tested those systems.

FPL made billions of dollars in upgrades since hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Those on the Florida's west coast, which took a stronger hit from Hurricane Irma, can expect electricity by September 22. The strongest concrete poles are made to withstand 145 miles per hour winds, Gould said. In comparison during Hurricane Wilma, "we had 10,000 to 11,000 poles that were down due to wind".

FPL suspected Irma's powerful winds and flooding could potentially wipe out parts of its infrastructure on the west coast, snap concrete poles and bend metal ones, leading to a weeks-long rebuild of its infrastructure.

The company has sent a "cavalry" of workers from across the Southeast to work on downed power lines and blown transformers.

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