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Lights still out for 6.1 million USA customers after Irma-utilities

17 September 2017, 06:28 | Israel Caldwell

Pacific Gas & Electric SOURCE Pacific Gas & Electric

Pacific Gas & Electric									SOURCE Pacific Gas & Electric

More than 80 percent of Floridians have gotten their power restored after Hurricane Irma roared through the state.

NextEra Energy Inc's (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power.

In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.1 million customers without power on Tuesday, down from a peak of around 1.3 million late Monday.

As of Wednesday morning, Florida Power and Light said 1.9 million of its customers were still without electricity, having restored service to 2.5 million out of 4.4 customers impacted by Irma.

Florida Power & Light Co. says power restoration is moving faster than expected in Southwest Florida and should be completed several days earlier than originally projected.

Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said that customer communications almost always fail in major storms.

"Right now, tens of thousands of people across our state are working day and night to get power restored", Gov. Scott added. Those are the main power lines that are feeding the neighborhood lines. "Everybody has an obligation and duty as a Georgia Power employee and everybody has a storm role and responsibility", Georgia Power spokesman Jacob Hawkins told WSB-TV's Aaron Diamant.

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Kraft also said Georgia Power has established mobile command centers all over metro Atlanta to deal with the outages. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said it was investigating a woman who was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle. Irma was his third hurricane.

At Century Village in Pembroke Pines, more than half of the residential buildings - 77 of 144 - were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

"Power lines are down, gas and cell phone service is unavailable". The U.S. Virgin Islands was the hardest hit of any U.S. state or territory, with large numbers of homes destroyed and widespread power outages.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators. Though Irma's center merely crossed the Georgia's southeast corner after churning northward from Florida, tropical storm-force winds spread more than 400 miles (644 kilometers) across and touched almost the entire state.

About 46,000 of Georgia Power's customers still didn't have power Friday, according to the utility's state-wide outage map. He held calls with utility companies and directed the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to provide law enforcement escorts to utility vehicles to ensure that they can quickly and safely reach communities still in need.

Irma prompted Deal to order evacuations for almost 540,000 people from the Georgia coast.

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