17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

FPL said it was still assessing the damage and could not yet say when it would restore service to most customers. Duke said it expects to restore service to most of its customers by midnight September 17.

Two elderly residents were found dead at the nursing home, and three later died at a hospital. "You're turning somebody's lights back on".

It's not just the Keys that were hard hit.

"Hurricane Irma left many in our community without the everyday comforts we're so used to", Mayor Lenny Curry said.

According to Florida Power & Light (FPL), over 3.2 million customers still had no electricity late Monday - that's two-thirds of the 4.9 million customers the company serves. Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area. More than 6 million homes and businesses in Florida lost power, including most of Miami. "We've never had that many outages, and I don't think any utility in the country ever has", Silagy said at a news conference Monday. Duke Energy Florida reported outages totaling 1.2 million at the height of the storm.

Although much of Florida - and certainly the Tampa Bay area - avoided the worst-case scenarios forecasted by meteorologists, the hurricane still took a significant physical and social toll on our state, which has rendered habitual tasks unusually challenging, if not impossible.

As of Thursday morning, Georgia Power has restored power to 830,000 customers, with 155,000 customers remaining to be restored.

The storm also caused destruction when it swept across Georgia and SC on Monday. If you were outside across parts of north Georgia and Alabama. In Valdosta, where intially nearly 28,000 customers lost power, the number had dropped to 24,500 by early afternoon.

If you see a crew passing but not stopping, it may be because work must be performed at a nearby location before electric service can be restored to your home.

As residents drifted back from shelters and far-away havens on Tuesday, they saw Irma's scattershot destruction. We are running out of food and generator gas is gone.

Many deaths that occur as a result of a big storm are not caused by flooding or wind. "With any storm like this there are going to be some outages".

FPL has only been providing outage information at the county level and a media relations spokesperson said it is not able to give outages by areas at this time.

More than 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada were involved in the restoration efforts, including those from the affected companies and other utilities, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group. More than 118,500 customers had been restored by Friday morning - 19 percent of its service - but 33,000 were still out of power.

- Lakeland-based Publix reported 22 of its 776 stores in Florida remained closed on Tuesday.

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