About 7.3 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast

About 7.3 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast

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. "We understand what it means to be hot and without air conditioning". As of 9 p.m. Thursday, Alabama Power's sister company had restored power to 920,000 customers. "I would caution people to be very patient here", said Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

FPL, which serves almost 5 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 previous record number to lose power occurred in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 when 8.1 customers in more than a dozen states lost power, according to Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and contributing writer to Grist.

"A lot of times, we come on these storms and people get really hostile as far as not really understanding why we can't just flip a light switch and make everything come back on", Parker said. "With any storm like this there are going to be some outages". "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

At Century Village in Pembroke Pines, more than half of the residential buildings - 77 of 144 - were still without power Wednesday afternoon.

Florida was not alone.

A total of eight others died in Georgia and the Carolinas.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators. "I know it's definitely hard on her mother".

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That was the grateful mantra on the lips of many who surveyed the damage in the mainland United States. The company can not, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean, according to the Associated Press.

"We do appreciate the effort FPL made in being here in full force all week", Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said.

Damage to water supplies in the Keys remained a top concern, however.

"That is a challenge we're facing", Kraft said. But there were no immediate plans underway to move people from the island chain.

◦Keep generators well away from open windows to prevent unsafe fumes from entering your home or a neighbor's home. The west coast could take another 10 days. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning.

"[FPL] kept getting calls for the last three days, but they did nothing", Pina added.

It became clear, Miller said, that her neighborhood would not be a priority.