More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

Annette Crawford
September 17, 2017

The number of people who have died in Florida due to circumstances related to Hurricane Irma now stands at 26, majority the result of medical conditions and majority occurring after the storm.

Florida Power & Light Co. says power restoration is moving faster than expected in Southwest Florida and should be completed several days earlier than originally projected. "We understand what it means to be hot and without air conditioning. You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back". It meant refrigerators unable to cool milk and freezers unable to chill chicken. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide.

Utility companies made progress, restoring power to some people.

"We apologize for any kind of miscommunications or cross communications", Gould said.

Nearly 1 million of the Atlanta utility's customers lost power during Monday's storm.

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

Some customers on Florida's west coast might not have service restored until September 22, the utility told the News. Georgia Power said 95 percent of its customers should have electricity restored by Sunday night, except for homes or businesses too damaged to be reconnected. State emergency managers said the number of outages dropped to 1.9 million homes and businesses. He acknowledged that the system shows customer power in "on" status, when it isn't.

Florida was not alone. (Possible exceptions include areas hit by tornadoes, flooding & severe damage).

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


Irma prompted Deal to order evacuations for almost 540,000 people from the Georgia coast.

Rescuers had used boats, water scooters, and even surfboards to get to residents surprised by the rising waters, said Kimberly Morgan, a spokeswoman for the Clay County emergency center.

"It's hard to make sense of it, without knowing all the details", he said.

That was the grateful mantra on the lips of many who surveyed the damage in the mainland United States. He saw cellular communications fail in South Florida in the four hurricanes of 2004 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean, according to the Associated Press.

◦No trimming should be done near a power line. Stanley Williams, 59, was crushed Monday when a tree fell on his home in suburban Sandy Springs, said Mark Gilbeau, an investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Meanwhile, millions who evacuated ahead of the storm are now returning to homes without electricity. But there were no immediate plans underway to move people from the island chain. On Monday, a home was destroyed when a generator caught on fire. After the storm passed, a deputy took her back home and another brought her food. "We expect to have all East Coast customers essentially restored by end of this coming weekend".

What she didn't expect, she said, was the possibility that the blackout could last for days. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.

It became clear, Miller said, that her neighborhood would not be a priority.

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