Local Utility Crews Work to Restore Power in Florida

A rough surf surrounds Boynton Beach inlet as Hurricane Irma hits in Boynton Beach Fla

There are exceptions, FPL vice president and chief communications officer Rob Gould said Tuesday.

Florida Power & Light Co. said Tuesday that electrical service on the west coast will be "essentially" restored by September 22, except in areas with extensive flooding or wind damage from Hurricane Irma that could take longer to complete repairs.

"I'm asking for folks to be patient".

"We will see larger numbers of customer outages go down over the next few days", he said. But Silagy told Bloomberg on Friday that Hurricane Irma brought winds that can "snap a concrete pole", and overwhelm flood protections for underground distribution systems. 18 hours since the biggest hurricane to hit Florida has left.

Alongside FPL, Duke Energy reported more than 1.2mn customers were without power and Tampa Electric reported about 328,000 customers in the dark.

Hurricane Irma has claimed at least 45 lives in the Caribbean and United States thus far.

Once power has been restored and the severe weather has passed, people should take the proper steps to make sure that they are prepared for the next time an outage strikes. In Broward, 448,750 had no power out of 933,300, and in Palm Beach 361,140 of 739,000 were out. More than 6 million customers were without electricity.

FPL is restoring power according to its detailed plan, restoring it first to its infrastructure and to critical services, such as hospitals, police and emergency operations, and next to large commercial areas. Next in line are main grids with commercial properties such as grocery stores and banks and then neighborhoods. "We've got to balance cost and reliability". FPL has no updates or estimates. Additionally, more than 100 traffic lights were out.

More than 20,000 utilities workers from 30 states and Canada stationed at almost 30 staging sites across the state are assessing damage and restoring power.

Still, Gould said FPL had completed its initial assessment and saw less pole damage than it was expecting.

In Miami, trucks were seen deploying from the Magic City Casino. FPL employees will always carry an FPL photo ID badge, be in FPL trucks, and will never need to enter your home, FPL said. If you see a downed power line, call 911 or 800-4OUTAGE. "It's what we do - we're there for our neighbors in their time of need and when we need them - they send the troops to us". FPL said its technology knows where they are.

"I promise you, we will not stop working until every customer has power", Silagy said at a press conference Monday at FPL's command centre.

The company has 20,000 restoration workers in the field, assessing and repairing damage day and night. FPL also closed the two reactors at Turkey Point, shutting one unit on Saturday as Irma approached. "We do not publicize when that will be but we will announce it afterward". Crews from the South came to this region when the derecho hit in 2012 and during the paralyzing snow storm in the eastern part of the state, he said. All the power plants are up and operational. "There never were. We're ready to generate power".

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