Lights still out for 5.8 million U.S. customers after Irma

GRDA crews help in Florida

- In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know one thing: When will the power - and the air conditioning - be back on?

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.

The company's massive restoration operation continues to work aggressively around the clock to restore service to the remaining 28 percent of customers that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

More than 20,000 FPL workers and 7,000 Duke Energy workers have responded to the Central Florida area in order to fix power lines, substations and the larger plants.

Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia.

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, now under police and state investigation, stirred outrage over what many saw as a preventable tragedy and heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread, lingering power outages. "Right now, tens of thousands of people across our state are working day and night to get power restored and in three days, more than 65 percent of all outages have been restored".

About 20,000 FPL employees have been working to restore service, the Naples Daily News reported. "You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

Crews from 11 states has swelled the workforce restoring power to Clay Electric Co-op customers to 1,100. "As a result, restoration will span several more days despite the finest efforts of local crews and others from across the country".

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More than 21,000 workers around the state had been putting in 16-hour shifts in the field as soon as it was safe to do so. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.

The power company, however, said the nursing home bore at least some responsibility. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said it was investigating a woman who was killed when a tree fell on her vehicle. "We ask for the patience of our customers as we undertake one of the most challenging rebuild and restoration efforts in our company's history". Neither have the eight reported fatalities in the Florida Keys. "We expect to have all East Coast customers essentially restored by end of this coming weekend".

"That is a challenge we're facing", Kraft said.

Customers said all they get are an automated message, wrong information, or nothing.

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