Hurricane Irma cuts power to more than 7 million homes and businesses

Hurricane Irma Slams the Caribbean Blacking Out Puerto Rico

Irma Slams the Caribbean Blacking Out Puerto Rico

"The destruction from Hurricane Irma was unprecedented across Georgia, and throughout the Southeast, and I'm extremely proud of and thankful for the work and dedication of our teams to restore service to almost all impacted customers ahead of schedule", said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power.

Florida Power & Light's failed customer communications system is making hundreds of thousands of unlucky customers in South Florida even hotter than the lack of A/C.

Georgia Power restored service to almost 600,000 customers in the 24 hours since repairs began after Tropical Storm Irma dissipated.

Most of the remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

"We know that our customers want their lives to get back to normal - and electricity is a key part of that", said Gordon Gillette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric.

In Puerto Rico, the government announced 1 million people lost power from Irma.

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said.

Crews have been working 16-hour days, and many hail from Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said it was investigating a woman who was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle.

FPL working to restore power to over 300000 SWFL residents
In Florida , some 2.69 million homes and businesses were still without power on Thursday, or about 1 in 4 Florida customers. At least six people appeared to die of carbon monoxide poisoning from generators in Florida, the AP news agency reported.

Most of those costs were related to Matthew, which caused a third as many outages as Irma did for FPL.

The U.S. Justice Department has received more than 400 fraud complaints involving relief aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and expects a spike in fraud complaints in the coming months, department officials said on Thursday. The state later said 4.4 million customers were without power.

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"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.

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

More than 8,700 of its members in 13 counties were still without power Wednesday morning, down from more that 35,000 at the height of the storm's outage.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators. "We're working on those cases that are most critical to those customers".

If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can check on your outage or report an outage through their outage map on their website. Ten people died on Cuba, where Irma hit the northern coast as a Category 5 storm.

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