In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know one thing: When will the power be back on?
Municipal utilities had about 174,000 customers without power, while Tampa Electric Co. had about 89,000.
"The company is on track to restore power to 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Saturday night or earlier", the statement asserted.
Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in Florida, sustained heavy damage to its transmission systems, the high-voltage network of lines that deliver electricity from the power plants.
NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, expects to restore power to essentially all its customers, in the eastern portion of Florida by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.
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Damage from Irma was more severe and widespread on Florida's west coast than on the east coast, which is why FPL previously said that power would be restored sooner to customers on the east side of the state.
Dinneen said residents have to be patient, because the power companies are also working to get power in other areas in Florida that were more impacted by Irma. "That's all I want is my power back".
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, said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.
"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or cable wires that touch a power line. Georgia EMCs reported 122,000 of their customers were without power. We follow an overall plan that calls for restoring power to the largest number of customers safely and as quickly as possible. Since each power company account can represent more than one person, the sheer number of people without electricity was daunting: Going by the Homeland Security estimates, at one point Irma had knocked out power to one out of every 22 Americans. Neither have the eight reported fatalities in the Florida Keys.
"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. First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.
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