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California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

17 September 2017

Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in US history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.

FPL, the state's biggest electric company, said about 1.3 million customers had no power, down from more than 3.6 million on Monday.

Customers who lost electricity on the eastern side of the state will likely have power restored by the end of this weekend, Florida Power & Light said.

FPL estimates that it will have restored power to essentially all of its customers along the East Coast service territory by the end of this coming weekend, and for its customers along its West Coast service territory by end of day September 22, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other sections of severe damage.

"We know that our customers want their lives to get back to normal - and electricity is a key part of that", said Gordon Gillette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric.

St. Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state's east coast, about 120 miles (193 km) north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami. Some air service was scheduled to resume to Miami and other Florida airports, but hundreds of flights remained canceled in Atlanta, a key hub in the country's air travel system.

Latest Power Outage Data can be found here.

"We do appreciate the effort FPL made in being here in full force all week", Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said. Hurricane Irma now has maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. Restoration is expected to reach 90 percent by Tuesday and wrap up on Wednesday.

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Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones.

Nearly 1 million of the Atlanta utility's customers lost power during Monday's storm.

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

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

About 46,000 of Georgia Power's customers still didn't have power Friday, according to the utility's state-wide outage map. By late Monday, almost 273,000 electric customers across SC had lost power as tropical storm force winds covered the entirety of the state.

And they'll never refuse to reconnect service to customers impacted by Hurricane Irma due to a past due bill and demand payment prior to reconnection.

Irma prompted Deal to order evacuations for almost 540,000 people from the Georgia coast.

California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma