Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

  • Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

On Friday, GRU said just 3,578 customers of their customers remain without power, adding that "crews were working around the clock to restore the remaining 5% of our customers still experiencing outages".

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.

Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in US history. As of 11 a.m. Friday, 1.8 million customers were without power. Locations without power have been flagged to the state to help utilities prioritize their work, the group said in a statement.

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock.

Tree damage in Wrens Georgia following Hurricane Irma
Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

According to St. Johns County, Florida Power & Light (FPL) and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout the county. 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. However, FPL, said on Tuesday that would restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend, and to western Florida by Sept 22.

In Manatee County, 34,970 Florida Power and Light customers and 279 cooperatives customers were still in the dark, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

"We know it is hard to lose food after an outage".

FPL estimates it will "essentially" restore power to all its West Coast customers by September 22, according to a news release.