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Power Being Restored in Florida After Hurricane Irma

FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017 FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017
Stacy Diaz | 17 September, 2017, 06:26

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.

Kraft said the company is still responding to 10,000 individual cases of specific damage, including large numbers of tree removals and uprooted power poles, which has led to rumors of material shortages, such as power poles. However, FPL, said on Tuesday that would restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend, and to western Florida by Sept 22.

The utilities said the storm was unusually destructive because it hit all areas of the state.

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Trump said. Those are the main power lines that are feeding the neighborhood lines.

Meanwhile, roughly 6.4 million people in the state remained without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from 13 million.

"What we want to do is make sure we have a good mix of being able to take care of our customers' needs here and, at the same time, help a utility that is in dire need down in the southern part of the United States".

The state says it is working to restore power to assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the impacted areas.

Just after 7 Florida, those crew members began work in the West Palm Beach area. Even for those who had power, some were also struggling to maintain cellphone service or Internet access, sending Floridians into tree-riddled streets in an effort to spot a few precious bars of signal to contact loved ones.

"Right now, tens of thousands of people across our state are working day and night to get power restored and in three days, more than 65 percent of all outages have been restored". Authorities in the county of more than 83,000 had barred evacuees from returning, saying widespread loss of power, water and sewer service made conditions unsafe.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators. On Wednesday a generator left running inside a garage killed one dog and seriously injured another from carbon monoxide poisoning.

After Irma, "If they ask for more FirstEnergy employees, we're prepared to send more".

Gov. Rick Scott said 30,000 workers from out of state are assisting efforts to bring back power to almost 5 million customers.

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc. The Turkey Point plant, located southwest of Miami, took a direct hit from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a Category 5 storm, and sustained no damage, the company said.