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FPL estimates power restoration for SWFL

17 September 2017, 08:14 | Opal Carroll

FPL estimates power restoration for SWFL

Utilities in US Southeast restore power to nearly half of those hit by Irma

"There were almost a million customers out Monday night; half of our residential customers were without power, from one end of the state to another". Once circuits are energized, customers will be notified that if they are still without power, they are asked to call back and troubleshooting crews will be dispatched to look at individual outages.

Gould said that for the utility, which powers about half of the state, customers on Florida's east coast should have power back by the end of the weekend.

Duke Energy Florida had about 371,000 outages, while electric cooperatives had more than 323,000.

On Monday, when most customers were without power, the storm weakened to a tropical depression.In Georgia, utilities reported outages declined to about 113,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Monday.Other big power utilities in Florida are units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the largest electric company in Georgia. We were there with the cameras rolling when they got the news their power came back on.

"This has been one of the most unique storms in our company's history, and this will likely be one of the most challenging restorations that our country has ever seen", said Larry Volenec of FPL at the last scheduled news conference by the Volusia County Emergency Management on Tuesday, Sept. 12. "You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

There were 477 Tri-County EMC members waiting to have their power restored on Saturday morning, including 265 in Jones, 112 in Baldwin, 83 in Putnam County, 16 in Twiggs and one in Wilkinson.

In many cases, city crews are able to help communities that provided aid when High Point had extensive power outages, such as during the ice storm in March 2014 and after a tornado cut through parts of northwestern High Point 10 years ago.

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"The level of total miscommunication is unbelievable", said Roberta Adamovich, an Ocean Ridge resident without power who reported a downed power pole near her house.

Florida Power and Light said it has mobilized the largest workforce it has ever assembled to get power restored to its Florida: 21,500.

"We are doing everything we can to restore it", Jackson EMC lineman Jose Salgado said.

That would be one day earlier than Georgia Power originally projected.

"We know our customers want service restored as quickly as possible", Orlove said.

"We all went through Matthew, so we have a lot of experience, unfortunately relatively recent experience, in dealing with a hurricane of this magnitude", Dinneen said. "Hurricane Irma's devastating wrath was felt throughout the entire state - the storm uprooted trees, transformed roads into rivers, tore roofs off homes and businesses, and left millions of Floridians in the dark", said Silagy. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.

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