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Aftermath Of Irma: Devastation And Millions Without Power

Aftermath Of Irma: Devastation And Millions Without Power”

As of Tuesday afternoon, 120,000 Florida Power and Light customers in Sarasota were still without power, according to County Administrator Tom Harmer.

Florida Power & Light officials earlier this week said that most customers on Florida's east coast would have their electricity restored by Sunday evening.

"We know how hard it is to be without power", said FPL Chief Communications Officer Rob Gould. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind.

At a news conference in Habersham County, Deal said he saw just a small representation of the damage from helicopter but said it was widespread. "This has been a monumental effort that has begun and will continue".

FPL, which serves 5 million accounts representing 10 million people in 35 counties, credits a $3 billion strengthening of its system after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 for the minimal damage. Gould says the "hardened feeders appear to be performing 30-percent better than our non-hardened feeders".

An army of utility workers descends on Florida to help restore mass power outages in Irma's wake. Georgia Power estimates that 95% of all customers impacted by Irma will have their power restored by Saturday evening. "The length of restoration would be less had we not invested in the system". This "day-night band" can be used in a number of ways. The energy companies directly track the number of meters that are "offline", but that doesn't say anything about how many people are impacted by that particular outage. "They are down due to trees pulling them down, not the wind". While power has been restored to many since the disaster, a few customers may be without electricity for weeks before the utilities fix the most damaged parts of the system, Reuters reports.

However, the state's largest utility, FPL, said on Tuesday that would restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend, and to western Florida by Sept 22. Safety is key here.



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