Crews from across country continue work to restore power

Crews from across country continue work to restore power”

Still, that number is a far cry from the peak outage, which on Monday afternoon came in at 6.7 million customers, roughly 64 percent of the state.

For a week, Duke Energy has guaranteed it would have power restored in the western portion of its service area by midnight Friday (Sept. 15).

All together, Duke Energy reported more than 371,000 accounts without power Friday morning while TECO, the parent of Tampa Electric, had close to 41,000.

Many areas hit by the storm still aren't accessible for fix trucks, so Duke Energy has been using a fleet of drones to examine the damage.

"There's been some challenges and we are all a bit exhausted, being out of power - we know the discomfort that causes and we want to get everybody back as quickly as we can", Boohr said.

From the air, crews can determine what materials they will need before crews go in, which means repairs can be completed more quickly, Freedman said.

Duke Energy has updated its estimate of when power will be restored to Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Thunderstorms that hit Central Florida Thursday night caused additional problems for fix crews, which can't work when there is lightning.

As of 9 a.m. Friday morning, nearly 1.9 million households - about 18 percent of the state - remained without air conditioning or electricity as energy companies worked to restore one of the largest power outages in the country's history. Even when that guarantee looked like it could not be kept, Duke representatives believed they could reach their goal.

After that, Duke said it would continue to work on isolated and scattered outages until all customers are restored. "I'm like, 'No we don't".

Duke Energy says that the company was aware of the issue with its automated system.

Duke says it expects to finish the job in Pinellas by the end of the day Saturday.

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