'Power, power, power': Millions in Florida swelter through outages after Irma

Carla Harmon
September 17, 2017

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.

Florida Power & Light expects to restore power throughout Southwest Florida in six days after repairing damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Miami-Dade County continues to report the most outages with more than 250,000 customers without power.

Florida Power & Light officials earlier this week said that most customers on Florida's east coast would have their electricity restored by Sunday evening.

"We are working on a solution to get it back up as soon as possible", FPL spokesman Bill Orlove told the Sun Sentinel.

"What we want to do is make sure we have a good mix of being able to take care of our customers' needs here and, at the same time, help a utility that is in dire need down in the southern part of the United States". Several hard-hit Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, suffered more than half the fatalities.

To check the status of an outage in your area, contact Georgia Power at 888-891-0938 or visit the outage map here.

Appalachian Power was sending about 400 workers from its coverage areas in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee to both Georgia and Florida. "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". Authorities say some parts of the Florida Keys may be inaccessible for weeks. The state's emergency management officials said the storm had cut power to more than 6.5 million account holders across the state as of Monday afternoon.

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"We understand what it means to be in the dark, " said Robert Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power & Light, the state's largest utility.

In Jacksonville, the city tucked along Florida's northeast coast that sustained historic flooding as the St. Johns River swelled, the sheriff's office said Tuesday mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. On Monday, a home was destroyed when a generator caught on fire. "You have to get creative in a situation like this, " she said.

More than 8,700 of its members in 13 counties were still without power Wednesday morning, down from more that 35,000 at the height of the storm's outage.

Customers said all they get are an automated message, wrong information, or nothing.

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