FPL promises full power restoration by Tuesday after Irma


Both Georgia Power and Excelsior EMC reported restoration of electrical service to all power-ready customers in Bulloch County as of Friday afternoon. "All fines imposed to FPL would be donated to charity for Hurricane Irma disaster relief".

Georgia Power now estimates that 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, will have power restored by Saturday night - approximately 24 hours ahead of schedule.

Duke Energy Florida said this weekend it had restored more than 99% of outages, but officials also apologized for customer service during the event.

Holland Power Services, based in Maugerville just outside Fredericton, was asked by Florida power company - Duke Energy- to assist in returning power to some of the 20 million people affected.

He said text messages from Campbell's phone show that she contacted FPL on behalf of other people as well.

FPL has a specific power restoration plan following a severe storm or hurricane.

FPL spokesman Dave McDermitt said the remaining local power outages are not confined to specific neighborhoods. There were 395 in Jones County and fewer than 10 customers without power in Monroe, Peach, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties, respectively, according to Georgia Power's outage map.

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"It hazardous type of work, we do see some unique challenges", he said.

In an update from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, insurance companies have received 372,281 claims for an estimated $2.1 billion in Irma-related damage.

A falling tree pulled the main line off of Hodge's home, disconnecting her from the rest of the grid. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said.

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities.

"To our customers without power, I want you to know that we understand how frustrating it can be, and we will not stop until everyone's lights are back on", Silagy said.

LCEC expects to have most power restored by Friday to those in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".