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Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

Currently, approximately 2.3 million customers remain without power. "Based upon our initial assessment, it would appear that the significant investments we've made in hardening our energy grid will allow for a quicker restoration. You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

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.

It was too soon to say what the power restoration would cost FPL, but in 2016, the company said it spent about $315 million to restore power after Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, according to NextEra's federal filings.

"Power lines are down, gas and cell phone service is unavailable". If one of these employees assesses the damage and notes that private property must be repaired, they will leave information for the customer noting the components that need attention and additional instructions if an electrician is needed.

The crews from High Point are working 16-hour shifts because of the pressing situation and the volume of customers without service.

FPL recommended that customers instead use the phone number 1-800-4-OUTAGES (468-82437). The west coast could take another ten days. "If customers are calling us that they don't have power, we know they don't have power".

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In making the comparison, it's important to remember that Wilma impacted a smaller portion of FPL's service area - 21 counties - while Irma affected all 35 counties served by the utility, FPL spokesman Bill Orlove said.

"We all went through Matthew, so we have a lot of experience, unfortunately relatively recent experience, in dealing with a hurricane of this magnitude", Dinneen said. "There's no way we would be as far along in the restoration effort without these critical partnerships, and we won't rest until every customer's lights are back on".

Crews from Georgia, South and North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Kentucky and Alabama were all in Jacksonville helping JEA restore power. "We're attacking it on all fronts", he said. Typically, restoration workers don't know restoration times. FPL will provide estimated times of restoration through the media, Facebook, Twitter and FPL.com.

Even when winds have subsided, conditions can be unsafe. If you come to an intersection with a non-working traffic signal, Florida law requires that you treat it as a four-way stop. On Monday, a home was destroyed when a generator caught on fire.

Police in Winter Park, Fla., outside Orlando, said a 51-year-old man was apparently electrocuted by a downed power line in a roadway. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well". By Wednesday afternoon, state emergency management officials estimate that one third - or 6.4 million - residents remained without power in the Sunshine state.

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