Alabama Power busy helping neighbors in Georgia after massive Irma outages

Hotel guests are served breakfast by lantern light as the power remains off at the Courtyard by Marriott in Fort Lauderdale Fla

Hurricane Irma marked the first time one storm affected Florida Power and Light's entire service area, FPL spokesman Bill Orlove said.

NextEra Energy Inc's (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power.

Florida Power & Light expects to restore power throughout Southwest Florida in six days after repairing damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

The number of power outages continues to drop in Georgia after the remnants of Hurricane Irma stormed through the state, claiming at least two lives. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida. 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.

The unprecedented outages - knocking out power to more than half of Florida's homes and businesses - also unleashed a cascade effect across the region.

Almost 8,000 personnel are working statewide to restore power.

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She said the FPL crew took one look at the pole and left, promising to return the next day.

Those power line workers flew to Florida on Friday as part of a unique cross-country mutual aid agreement with Florida Light and Power in order to be in place to begin working as soon as the threat from Hurricane Irma cleared.

Initial estimates are that 25% of homes in the Florida Keys have been destroyed, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.

While acknowledging the public's frustration, utility officials said they are getting power back on faster than they did after Hurricane Wilma hit the state 12 years ago.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said. Both of those numbers are down significantly since the storm hit Monday, when 1.5 million were dealing with an outage.

For customers using electric generators, FPL advised residents to set them up outside, away from all open windows, to prevent deadly exhaust from entering a home. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to become a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia on Monday.

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