Georgia customers waiting on power as of Saturday morning

Pauline Gross
September 20, 2017

It had restored power to 459,380 customers who were knocked out by Irma last week.

A crew from Joplin, Mo. receive their safety orientation at Tampa Electric's staging area in Plant City. Those workers represent 30 states and also Canada.

Florida Power & Light president and CEO Eric Silagy flew in by helicopter to see Brevard and visit crews working in the field trying to restore power.

As of Monday, they had eliminated significant outages everywhere except Florida.

As of Thursday afternoon, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 850,000 customers, with 135,000 customers remaining to be restored.

Utility workers fix high-voltage power lines across from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport in Marathon, Fla., on September 12, 2017. Duke Energy had nearly 94,000 out, 5% of its total. This reflects the likelihood that some buildings were too damaged to have power turned back on safely.

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FPL, which serves almost five million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

Michelle Rogers, a resident in the Rolling Oaks division of Southwest Ranches in Broward, said FPL crews arrived Sunday to fix "live wires & transformer to rotted broken pole which fell sparking and booming into my yard".

The effort included strengthening 600 transmission lines, placing more than 450 lines underground and clearing vegetation from more than 135,000 miles of wires. FPL deployed nearly 50 drones to assess the damage.

"Many of the remaining areas for restoration are in South Miami-Dade, including Coral Gables and Pinecrest where the damage caused by trees and vegetation blown into the electric system has been significant", said FPL spokesman Bryan Garner.

"The restoration process does not play favorites".

"The six days that we've gone without power, unbelievably disturbing, because you just can't do anything", southeast Palm Bay resident Brooke Pestano told News 6 Friday.

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