Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma

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Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma

On Thursday, Florida Power & Light Company announced that power has been restored to more than 97 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure facilities in the company's service area, including 100 percent of hospitals, emergency operations centers, air and seaports, correctional facilities and active military installations.

In Middle Georgia, there were 731 Georgia Power customers in Bibb County still affected by the outages as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

At a news conference Friday, FPL spokesman Rob Gould said the company is addressing the communications issue, but is focused on meeting its own Sunday night deadline to have power restored to the tri-county area.

NextEra Energy Inc's (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power.

The Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility company serves roughly 4.8 million accounts and 10 million people across the state.

About 480,000 Georgia homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday, two days after Tropical Storm Irma hit the state. The crews will travel to communities and work until residences and businesses in those areas are hooked back up to the power grid.

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About 20,000 FPL employees have been working to restore service, the Naples Daily News reported. This reflects the likelihood that some buildings were too damaged to have power turned back on safely. Power was restored to 3.2 million customers.

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

They say the restoration process has been 4 times faster than what we saw during Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago.

Irma also broke records at FPL, which had almost 4 million of FPL's 4.90 million customers affected by outages. First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.

A truck delivering fuel passes a U.S. flag on a highway USA 1 following Hurricane Irma in Islamorada, Florida, U.S., September 15, 2017. "ORCRP012673-topic.html" class="local_link" >Publix grocery store in Naples, Missy Sieber said the worst thing about not having electricity is not having air conditioning. Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment. The company can not, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

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