June 21, 2018

Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

17 September 2017, 08:11 | Devin Moran

Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

GRDA crews help in Florida

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

In a statement, a representative of Georgia Power wrote, "While the company is working around the clock, customers should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm".

In Jacksonville, electricity has been restored to almost a quarter-million homes and businesses at 2 p.m. Friday, but over 36,000 customers are still without power.

After one day of restoration, FPL had returned power to 40 percent of the more than 5 million customers who lost it, compared to 4 percent restoration in the same period after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

More than 20,000 FPL workers and 7,000 Duke Energy workers have responded to the Central Florida area in order to fix power lines, substations and the larger plants. "Right now, tens of thousands of people across our state are working day and night to get power restored and in three days, more than 65 percent of all outages have been restored". The utility said it has completed a "full-scale damage assessment" that allowed it prioritize work and estimate how long it will take to restore service.

"If you don't have internet, what good is the app?" said Kelly, who helped investigate Florida's power outages after the hurricanes.

FPL has begun restoring power in multiple locations.

The numbers are constantly changing as crews work to restore power in many neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, roughly 6.4 million people in the state remained without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from 13 million. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.

"Power lines are down, gas and cell phone service is unavailable. There is nothing there can be done more than what I think we're doing and definitely what the power companies are doing", Dinneen said.

The power company, however, said the nursing home bore at least some responsibility. "We expect to have all East Coast customers essentially restored by end of this coming weekend". "That said, we train for this year-round and we are better prepared for hurricanes now than at any time in our company's history". Though there was significant property damage in the Florida Keys and in some parts of southwest Florida, officials said they were investigating just a small number of fatalities that came as the storm made landfall. 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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