Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Florida asks: When will power and AC be back?

Florida asks: When will power and AC be back?

Based on estimated usage, that leaves about 6 million people sweltering in the Florida and Georgia heat without air conditioning.

FPL estimates it will "essentially" restore power to all its West Coast customers by September 22, according to a news release.

"If you don't have internet, what good is the app?" said Kelly, who helped investigate Florida's power outages after the hurricanes.

"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in USA history", said Tom Kuhn of the Edison Electric Institute, a lobbying group that represents all US investor-owned electric companies.

There are thousands of personnel working in the field today to restore service for Georgia Power customers.

Immediately after a storm, we know if main power lines have been damaged.

FPL is now experiencing issues with FPL.com and the FPL Mobile App due to extreme high volume and is working to resolve the situation.

In total about 4.5 million FPL customers were affected by the storm, with more than 1.7 million having their service restored already, mostly by automated devices. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.

Since Frances, Jeanne and Wilma, FPL has spent more than $2 billion strengthening its system against storms.

"We are doing everything we can to restore it", Jackson EMC lineman Jose Salgado said. "Initial assessments suggest that hardened FPL feeders, which are our main power lines, performed 30 percent better during Irma than non-hardened feeders". The west coast could take another ten days.

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

However, officials at the Florida Department of Health said the facility did not indicate the extent of its problems nor requested assistance in reports to a state monitoring database.

"We all went through Matthew, so we have a lot of experience, unfortunately relatively recent experience, in dealing with a hurricane of this magnitude", Dinneen said. "We have mobilized the largest restoration force in USA history and you have our firm commitment that we won't stop working until every last customer's lights are back on".

The number of Atlanta customers without power has continued to drop as the utilities re-routed power and brought in additional crews from as far away as Canada to fix damage. "We expect to have all East Coast customers essentially restored by end of this coming weekend". Typically, restoration workers don't know restoration times.

FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via FPL.com, Facebook and Twitter. The restoration workers truly appreciate this courtesy, as they work long hours to get the power back on for all affected customers.

Customers are also encouraged to remain aware that that unsafe conditions continue to exist across Georgia following Hurricane Irma. All down signals should be treated as four-way stops.

Officials said up to a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed.

Police in Winter Park, Fla., outside Orlando, said a 51-year-old man was apparently electrocuted by a downed power line in a roadway.

FPL estimates that almost 60 percent of customers impacted by Irma statewide had their power turned back on by Wednesday.

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