Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History

FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dropped to around 1.9 million customers on Wednesday from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday.

Georgia Power said it believes 95 percent of impacted customers will see service restored by Sunday night.

FirstEnergy utility employees, who pulled out of town last week, are working to restore power in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Florida Power & Light officials earlier this week said that most customers on Florida's east coast would have their electricity restored by Sunday evening.

According to St. Johns County, Florida Power & Light (FPL) and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout the county.

Latest Power Outage Data specifically for Duke Energy can be found here.

After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History
Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, had warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas.

FPL said after repairing any damage to its power plants and the lines that carry electricity from the generating facilities, the company next restores "critical facilities", like hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the main utilities company for Florida Gators, have been very successful in their restoration efforts.

"We restored power to about 40 percent of the customers impacted by Irma in just one day", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference on Tuesday. He held calls with utility companies and directed the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to provide law enforcement escorts to utility vehicles to ensure that they can quickly and safely reach communities still in need. It made landfall at Marco Island as a Category 3 that afternoon, and headed up the state, leaving almost 2 million people without power, according to Florida Power & Light.

FPL estimates it will "essentially" restore power to all its West Coast customers by September 22, according to a news release.

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