FPL Irma outages dwindle as lawsuit looms

Carla Harmon
September 19, 2017

But Florida Power & Light crews were there, as they have been working around the clock to try to restore power. If this happens, the customer has to hire an electrician to fix it before the utility can reconnect power.

A Pinecrest wife and mother, whose family was still without power, asked that only her maiden name be used for fear, she said, of retaliation from FPL.

"We know patience has worn thin", said FPL CEO Eric Silagy.

Between 16,000 and 17,000 of Georgia Power's customers in Bulloch County were without power during the peak of the storm, while outages statewide affected an estimated 950,000 customer locations.


"We won't stop working until we've restored power to all of our customers", Garner said.

FPL apologized to customers given misinformation.

FPL lashed out at the Gables in a statement Monday night, saying, in part, "Frivolous lawsuits and ludicrous code violations... will not work".

About 550,000 of the EMCs' customers lost power during the storm.


Almost 50,000 homes and businesses in South Florida were still without power after Hurricane Irma on Monday afternoon, with the bulk of the outages in Miami-Dade County. The company said that number is several thousands of poles fewer than what fell during Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Just 1 percent of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade and Broward counties were without power on Tuesday morning, Florida Power & Light's data. FPL last week reported almost 700 people were working in Sarasota-Manatee to bring back power. "Sometimes they're so massive, they're over, but halfway still in the ground and in standing water", said Bubriski.

Real estate researcher CoreLogic estimates flood and wind damage from Irma will run $42.5 billion to $65 billion. "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".

We understand that it's extremely frustrating for our customers to be without power. After restoration is complete, FPL would be happy to work with the City constructively and provide them recommendations on how to avoid some of these problems from reoccurring during severe weather in the future.


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