Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Florida east coast may have power back by Sunday

FPL's website crashes, adds to customer confusion about status of power outages Florida east coast may have power back by Sunday
Nicole Thomas | 13 September, 2017, 00:54

FPL reports that almost all - 181,000 of their 210,000 customers in Collier remain without power, and has said that it could take until September 22 until power is restored to Florida's west coast.

Florida has been the hardest-hit by Hurricane Irma, with almost every county reporting outages of at least 20 percent as of Monday, according to data from the state Office of Emergency Management. As of Tuesday morning, Charlton, Camden and Glynn Counties all showed outages, with Georgia Power customers in Glynn County experiencing the most. However, Florida Power and Light has made it their mission to restore power as quickly as possible.

It may be weeks before some get their power back, because electrical systems in some areas may need rebuilding, FPL has warned.

As the storm moved to Atlanta Monday, it caused outages for more than a million customers across Georgia.

To the south, over 93,000 Florida Power & Light customers in St. Johns and Flagler Counties are without power Tuesday morning.

Across the country, only about 20 percent of US power lines are underground, the Energy Information Agency reports.

Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in parts of central and northwestern Florida, is trying to restore service to 1.2 million residences and businesses. On the coasts, storm surges and flooding remain a threat - much of Jacksonville, Fla. was underwater on Monday in the midst of record-high flooding.

Middle class income in the US tops $59000, a 3.2 percent jump
And the proportion of Americans without health insurance declined to 8.8 percent, the report showed, down from 9.1 percent. About 1.2 million more Americans earned income in 2016 than in 2015, and 2.2 million more had full-time year-round jobs.

It was too soon to say what the power restoration would cost FPL, but in 2016, the company said it spent about $315 million to restore power after Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, according to NextEra's federal filings.

FPL has only been providing outage information at the county level and a media relations spokesperson said it is not able to give outages by areas at this time.

Getting that power back online may require the help of 50,000 to 60,000 workers from all over the United States and Canada, according to Southern Company CEO and Chairman Thomas Fanning.

Then neighborhood around Emil Avenue in Fort Pierce has flooded streets from Hurricane Irma.

"Certainly, if you are a customer on a feeder line that feeds a hospital, more than likely you are going to have service restored to you before others", Gould said.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

The remaining reactor was shut down Saturday when Category 1 hurricane-force winds were predicted in the area.

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