A Quarter Of Floridians Still Don't Have Power After Irma


As of Thursday morning, 2.6 million people in Florida remain without power, according to the Florida Emergency Management Agency.

If you're wondering when you'll get your power back, you are not alone.

A quarter of Florida's residents are still without electricity after Hurricane Irma wrecked the state's power grid.

Florida Power & Light (FPL), the state's largest utility, said it hopes to have power restored to all customers by September 22, though that date could change.

(Possible exceptions include areas hit by tornadoes, flooding & severe damage). "We have certainly enough power to provide to our customers". He said the time to evaluate the system's performance is after the restorations are complete, not now. The company is restoring power with a record-high workforce of almost 19,500 people, including crews, trucks and equipment from across the US and Canada. "We will be restoring power day and night". Even when you do not see them, our team is working to restore your power.

FPL has advised customers against calling now and should call only if neighbors have power and they do not.

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From here, we fix the infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods, converging on the hardest-hit areas until every customer's power is restored.

FPL customers are encouraged to visit wwww.fplmaps.com, and JEA customers can visit www.jea.com to track power outages by address and by county, and to report service interruptions to their home or business.

Comcast was unable to provide details on outages, but said it had restored service to more than 55,000 customers in Southwest Florida in the past 24 hours. "I will say that we're going to need a little more patience as we move through this recovery phase as well".

"Most of the outages we are seeing is a result of debris and vegetation that is blowing into our lines", Gould said. In comparison during Hurricane Wilma, "we had 10,000 to 11,000 poles that were down due to wind". "We have also seen damage to our lines caused by fires when the power lines on the poles become re-energized with commercial power".

At the same time, we work to return service to the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time - including service to major thoroughfares that host supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and other needed community services.