A week after hurricane, many in Florida still lack power

8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia

The majority of utility customers who lost power in Hurricane Irma's battering winds have had service restored, but in some hard-hit areas as well as a few isolated pockets, the work continues. More than 65 percent of customers in Collier, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage, are restored; FPL expects to be essentially complete September 22.

Thousands of people in South Florida remain without power, however, Florida Power and Light is saying crews are working to meet their self-imposed deadline.

According to WLRN, Florida Power & Light spokesperson Rob Gould said by Sunday night, nearly all of the eastern half of the state should have power restored, although for the western side, it could take until Sept 22.

FPL said it expects almost all of the customers to get power back on Monday and some small hard-hit areas to get power by Tuesday.

"This complaint is going to bring to light what FPL is all about", lawyer Gonzalo Dorta said at a news conference in South Miami-Dade today.

The company announced that as of 10 p.m. on Thursday power had been restored to 920,000 customers throughout the state with an approximate 75,000 customers left to go. "While we are very happy to see that progress has been made, until we are back to 100 percent, we can't be satisfied".

8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia.

Albany substation
8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia. Albany substation

Georgia Power is targeting to have 95 percent of homes with power by Saturday night. "Residents have been coming to the Recreation Center all week", he said. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.

FPL has said power will be restored to the west coast of Florida by the end of Friday.

Salmon said the gratitude the people of Florida have shown his crew and other crews is overwhelming.

FPL insists that solar customers install a switch on their systems to cleanly cut them off during an emergency and they can not turn it back on. Additionally, most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres - the most impacted areas by the hurricane - can expect restoration by September 22.

"Our customers are angry and frustrated that we could not provide them better information".




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