Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History

Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

Officials said that both companies have crews in every part of the county working to restore power. JEA reported 1,287 households without power, down from a peak of 12,904. "Fully restoring power is my top priority and we have been aggressively working with utility providers to solve this issue as fast as possible".

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. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock.

On Wednesday, Georgia Power said it restored power to more than 700,000 customers with some 8,000 employees in the field.

The faster restoration time was due to $3 billion FPL spent on improvements including underground lines, concrete poles and intelligent devices to help restore power, Gould said. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida.

After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History
Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

"The data that you're asking for is not something that's as granular as we have at this stage in the restoration". The company said it estimates it will have power restored to nearly all customers along its east coast service area by the end of the day on September 17 and for customers along the west coast by September 22.

Gov. Scott hosted President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday in Fort Myers. But those hoping to get their money back from Florida Power and Light are out of luck. 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.

Tens of thousands of customers in Pinellas County on the state's west coast still don't have electricity as well.

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