Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Over 6.6 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities

Over 6.6 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities

"We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives". "Based upon our initial assessment, it would appear that the significant investments we've made in hardening our energy grid will allow for a quicker restoration". One of the hardest-hit areas was Southwest Florida, where Florida Power & Light is the primary utility company. "You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight September 17.

"We know our customers want service restored as quickly as possible", Orlove said.

She said the FPL crew took one look at the pole and left, promising to return the next day. As of 11 a.m. Friday, 1.8 million customers were without power.

About 310,000 of Tampa Electric's 700,000 customers were estimated to have lost power in the wake of Irma, president and CEO Gordon Gillette told CNBC Monday.

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.

Georgia power officials said Tuesday that about 800,000 people in the state lacked power.

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

"Here, with Irma, we're actually sending a lot of lineworkers, line contractors and forestry folks, so it's a different type of expertise that we're sending, but we're sending what the utilities need".

Ninety percent of the homes on the islands were destroyed or damaged.

Dennen is among the millions throughout much of the Southeast unable to perform simple tasks such as switching on the lights or setting the air conditioner on high in the post-storm humidity.

Late Thursday, Duke Energy announced they restored power to 1 million customers in the state, a number that has grown to 1,022,608 as of Friday morning.

@GeorgiaPower on Twitter - Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more. "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". Nonetheless, FPL stated it has the largest restoration workforce in USA history responding to the electric power outages.

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

In Charlotte County, restoration work is more than 80 percent complete.

Appalachian Power was sending about 400 workers from its coverage areas in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee to both Georgia and Florida.

Even when winds have subsided, conditions can be unsafe.

Journeyman lineman AJ Parker, 28, said he left his 6-day-old daughter, Elsabeth Claire, and her mother in Tennessee last month to help fix high-power transmission lines in Texas towns devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines - it can kill.

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