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Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

Seniors fight post-hurricane heat with Popsicles compresses Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues
Sammy Stanley | 17 September, 2017, 08:14

In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know: When will the power come back on?

In Sarasota County, 23 percent of customers - 59,600 FPL customers and four cooperative customers - were waiting for power to be restored as of 9 a.m.

As of Saturday morning, FPL said it had restored power to 280,460 customers in Sarasota-Manatee who lost power from Irma, but 71,090 were still in the dark.

With more than 350,000 Georgia Power customers still without power in Hurricane Irma's wake, the company said today that it hopes to have power restored to 95 percent of its customers by Sunday.

The unprecedented outages - knocking out power to more than half of Florida's homes and businesses - also unleashed a cascade effect across the region.

Georgia Power at one time had almost 1 million customers without power due to Hurricane Irma's strong winds.

The utility said it is giving highest priority to power outages affecting hospitals, nursing homes and schools, then tackling repairs that will restore power quickly to the largest number of customers. "Our restoration crews are working around the clock to get your lights back on, but in the hardest-hit areas we're spending hours clearing debris before it is safe for crews to reach power lines and begin work".

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In the wake of a storm, power companies avoid saying that service has been restored to every customer location.

It's a familiar sight around town - crews in neighborhood after neighborhood cleaning up from Monday's storm and a lot of those people are still without power. In Southwest Florida, where the damage is most extensive, restoration is more challenging and now estimated to be completed by September 22.

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"Power, power, power", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said recently.

"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy. "We ask for the patience of our customers as we undertake one of the most challenging rebuild and restoration efforts in our company's history".

Standing in front of a produce cooler at a reopened Publix grocery store in Naples, Missy Sieber said the worst thing about not having electricity is not having air conditioning.

While acknowledging the public's frustration, utility officials said they are getting power back on faster than they did after Hurricane Wilma hit the state 12 years ago. Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment. Long said the lack of electricity has affected fuel supplies because many gas stations haven't been retrofitted to run their pumps on generator power.

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