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

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

On Monday, when most customers were without power, the storm weakened to a tropical depression.

According to Florida Power & Light, out of a total of 86,800 customers the utility company serves across the county, 84,950 had been affected by the storm.

On Wednesday, Georgia Power said it restored power to more than 700,000 customers with some 8,000 employees in the field. By comparison, only 4 percent of 3.2 million customer outages following Hurricane Wilma in 2005 were addressed in the same time. Ed Devarona, senior director of emergency preparedness, told USA Today that the utility expects it may need to rebuild much of its Gulf Coast infrastructure, from downed poles and transformers to entire substations.

High traffic volumes because of the number of customers seeking information about getting power restored to their homes was likely to blame, the company told the newspaper.

The challenge with Irma was that the storm impacted such a wide swath of the state, including 35 of the counties that Florida Power & Light covers.

While it may be hard to sweat it out with no air-conditioning, refrigeration, lights or entertainment, Mauldin said the public should know that field workers were moving as swiftly as they could through the area. Even when you do not see them, our team is working to restore your power.

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The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on. As of Tuesday afternoon, that number had decreased to 3.4 million. But when he checked the FPL site, it showed that his power had been restored and the outage had been fixed.

Most of those costs were related to Matthew, which caused a third as many outages as Irma did for FPL.

That surcharge was capped at around $4 per month for the average residential customer, according to NextEra's 2016 annual report. He said the time to evaluate the system's performance is after the restorations are complete, not now.

In Georgia, utilities reported around 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning, down from a peak of more than 1.4 million on Monday night.

Despite about 2 million in FPL's territory being out of power on Wednesday, Gould said the electric grid held up well.


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