Power Restored to 4.8 Million Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Tricia Pearson
September 16, 2017

In Sarasota County, 23 percent of customers - 59,600 FPL customers and four cooperative customers - were waiting for power to be restored as of 9 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane on Thursday, praising first-responders for their role in limiting the loss of life. On Monday, when Florida was at the height of the power outages, 6.7 million accounts were impacted.

Florida Power & Light Company said Thursday that power had been restored to 97 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure, including all hospitals, emergency operations centers, air and seaports, correctional facilities and active military installations in its service area.

Latest Power Outage Data can be found here. Locations without power have been flagged to the state to help utilities prioritize their work, the group said in a statement.

More than 10,000 remain in over 100 shelters across the state.

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.

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Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in Florida, sustained heavy damage to its transmission systems, the high-voltage network of lines that deliver electricity from the power plants.

Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight September 17. They expect to restore power to essentially all customers by Sunday night, though they concede customers with more complex damage may take longer to restore.

Municipal utilities had about 174,000 customers without power, while Tampa Electric Co. had about 89,000. "If you are still without power, we want you to know we are coming".

Florida Power and Lights, the state's largest utility provider, said it has 21,500 personnel assigned to power restoration.

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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