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Sunday is Georgia Power's goal for 95 percent service restoration

Sunday is Georgia Power's goal for 95 percent service restoration Sunday is Georgia Power's goal for 95 percent service restoration
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 08:10

Most of the remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

City Electric Utilities Director Garey Edwards said the city crews could help out restoring power for at least two weeks.

As South Florida continues to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, a large percentage of Miami-Dade County homes and businesses still have power outages, though the figure is rapidly dropping.

More than 20,000 FPL workers and 7,000 Duke Energy workers have responded to the Central Florida area in order to fix power lines, substations and the larger plants.

Kraft said none of Georgia Power's personnel or crews were in Texas, responding to Hurricane Harvey's aftermath, at the time Irma struck Georgia.

He said: "Some 6.5 million Floridians, that is 62 per cent of the state, without power at this hour still and we are at the entrance here into really the only entrance way into the Florida Keys". Perry said 60,000 utility workers from US and Canada are in the disaster area working to get power back on. The company said it had already restored service to almost 1.8 million customers. "That's all I want is my power back". "We will be restoring power day and night".

According to Tyler Mauldin, a spokesperson with FPL, the company aimed for 100 percent restoration by the end of the day on Sunday at the latest - "and very likely, much sooner".

Crews from 11 states has swelled the workforce restoring power to Clay Electric Co-op customers to 1,100.

"Power lines are down, gas and cell phone service is unavailable". First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.

Rescuers had used boats, water scooters, and even surfboards to get to residents surprised by the rising waters, said Kimberly Morgan, a spokeswoman for the Clay County emergency center.

Standing in front of a produce cooler at a reopened Publix grocery store in Naples, Missy Sieber said the worst thing about not having electricity is not having air conditioning. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said it was investigating a woman who was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle. But this does not include places with severe flooding or tornado damage, he said, and those areas could face a longer wait before the lights returned.

"We all went through Matthew, so we have a lot of experience, unfortunately relatively recent experience, in dealing with a hurricane of this magnitude", Dinneen said.

Customers said all they get are an automated message, wrong information, or nothing. Blackouts hit wide areas in Georgia and SC - with more blows possible as the remains of Irma moved north.