FPL Making Progress In Powering Up Miami-Dade & Broward

Noon update on power outages local forecast

As the storm moved to Atlanta Monday, it caused outages for more than a million customers across Georgia. According to a press release, crews from Louisiana arrived Monday evening, and more would be coming Tuesday.

Manatee residents are served by Florida Power & Light and cooperatives like Peace River, as 87,364 power customers are affected.

While pointing out that 2.3 million out of 5 million outages have already been restored by a force of 20,000 workers operating throughout the state, Gould said FPL is aware how hard it is for those who remain without power.

Power is expected to be restored to most of the state's west coast customers by the end of the day September 22, excluding the aforementioned exceptions. By comparison, only 4 percent of 3.2 million customer outages following Hurricane Wilma in 2005 were addressed in the same time.

19,500 workers are responding to outages across the state, according to a release from FPL, which the organization refers to as "the largest restoration workforce in USA history".

Utility officials say they have almost 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort.

"This is the largest restoration army in our company's history, and could be one of the most challenging restorations our country has ever seen".

FPL said it was still assessing the damage and could not yet say when it would restore service to most customers.

As thousands of Southwest Florida residents swelter without air conditioning, their power may not be restored for up to 10 days - and for some, even longer.

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. "In affected areas, where conditions are safe enough, crews will continue to evaluate the damage and restore power as quickly as possible".

Rob Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for FPL, said during an update at its command center Tuesday morning that 20,000 employees had been dispatched to start "day and night" restoration.

That surcharge was capped at around $4 per month for the average residential customer, according to NextEra's 2016 annual report. A company outage map showed just over 748,000 customers without power shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. As of Tuesday morning, power had been restored to about 40 percent of those customers.



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