Hurricane Irma death toll reaches 82, 1.5 million without power

Emilio Banks
September 20, 2017

Save a few severe situations, FPL announced that they would have power restored to the east coast of Florida by the end of the day Tuesday.

Many South Florida residents remain frustrated this week, as they are going on week two with no power following Hurricane Irma. LCEC will have crews in all parts of the service territory until all customers have been restored.

Georgia Power now estimates that 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, will have power restored by Saturday night - approximately 24 hours ahead of schedule.

Since late Friday afternoon, approximately 27,000 Florida Power & Light customers in Brevard have regained power as of 4:45 p.m. Saturday. On Sept. 11, when most customers were without power, the storm weakened to a tropical depression.

In Southwest Florida, Lee and Glades counties are almost 85 percent restored and are projected to be essentially complete by September 21.

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But not all of her neighbors have recovered from Hurricane Irma.

The company is on target to restore power to all by Wednesday, McDermitt said, except in areas with flooding or extensive wind damage.

As the devastating hurricane left millions of Floridians (as much as 40 percent) without power those who hope to turn to the lifeline of their renewable solar power installation to help get them up and running will be breaking the law. This means that when FPL responded to her area, the rest of the homes around her had power, but not hers.

Georgia Power said it gave highest priority to power outages affecting hospitals, nursing homes and schools, then tackled repairs that would restore power quickly to the largest number of customers. "I also want to thank the many community partners that continue to assist us in restoration efforts; without your support, the enormous task we face to restore power to almost 4.4 million customers would be even harder". "While we are very happy to see that progress has been made, until we are back to 100 percent, we can't be satisfied".

FPL apologized to customers given misinformation. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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