More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

FPL offers little specifics about when power will return

FPL offers little specifics about when power will return

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.

Kraft said the company is still responding to 10,000 individual cases of specific damage, including large numbers of tree removals and uprooted power poles, which has led to rumors of material shortages, such as power poles.

Georgia Power at one time had almost 1 million customers without power due to Hurricane Irma's strong winds. Customers were supposed to be able to report an outage, and receive an estimate of when power might be restored.

"FP&L; spokesperson Rob Gould said restoration to almost all customers in the eastern half of the state should be completed by Sunday night", member station WLRN reports.

FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22. We're working to get them free and get the repairs made. The association hosted daily disaster calls with nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to help them prepare for the storm.

"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.

FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017
FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017

Because of mutual aid agreements with other power companies, FPL's 2,000 employees working to restore power have been joined by 21,500 men and women from 30 states and Canada, Orlove said.

Tampa Electric said in a statement their crews have restored power to more than 90% of the 750,000 customers impacted by the storm.

Georgia Power has posted estimated restoration times (ERTs) for dozens of cities and regions throughout Georgia at outagemap.georgiapower.com. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris, downed trees or standing water as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.

Millions of people in Florida and other southeastern states lost power due to Irma, making the hurricane the worst weather-related power outage in USA history. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances. The restoration workers truly appreciate this courtesy, as they work long hours to get the power back on for all affected customers.

In the mountains and upstate areas of the two states, Duke Energy said, people shouldn't expect to have power restored until 11 p.m. on Friday.

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