Currently, approximately 2.3 million customers remain without power.
Major utilities in Florida - including NextEra Energy's Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy and Emera's Tampa Electric - have mobilized tens of thousands of workers to deal with the enormous power outages after Irma landed early Sunday and carved a destructive path up Florida, which has a population of about 20 million. Several hard-hit Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, suffered more than half the fatalities.
September 16, 2017: Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) today announced that as of this evening, it has restored service to slightly more than 2 million customers within the first day of Hurricane Irma's exit from its service territory.
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.
"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in USA history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group. "Now we are literally into the house-to-house combat mode".
Much of South Florida remains without power.
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Two elderly residents were found dead at the nursing home, and three later died at a hospital. "This is not the case", says a press release issued by the company.
The utilities said the storm was unusually destructive because it hit all areas of the state.
Georgia Power is targeting to have 95 percent of homes with power by Saturday night. The center said it was informed that service would soon be fixed. He said they are restoring power and accessing damage to the grid.
Broward County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the state government, more than 30,000 people are working on restoring electricity supply across the state.