Millions of Florida Homes and Businesses Still Don't Have Power

"I have enough bottled oxygen to last several days".

But even if US utilities put all power lines underground, they wouldn't necessarily be safe from hurricanes, which have more than just high winds in their arsenal.

"To expedite repairs throughout the state, Georgia Power is responding to the outages with approximately 5,500 personnel from the company, other Southern Company operating companies and assisting utilities", the county said. "Power pretty much drives everything", he said.

Heavy traffic, a heat index topping 100 degrees and Spartan living conditions are just some of the challenges the crews are facing. In a press release as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, close to 545,000 customers are without power across Georgia. That's down from 1.5 million the day earlier. "There are damage assessors who are identifying issues and where", Jacobs of TECO said. "It can get pretty expensive for the affected company", he said.

Scrambling utility workers restored power for more than 2 million Florida customers on Tuesday, but that left almost 5 million households still in the dark after Hurricane Irma, including more than 834,000 in Tampa Bay. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 22.

"This is going to take some time to restore and, in some circumstances, it will be a situation about rebuilding", Krebs said.

Lambert said Monday morning that the electric company had 185,000 customers out of a total of about 225,000 without power.

Officials stressed the partial shutdowns will have no effect on the company's ability to provide customers power, adding there was no storm damage to the reactors or the plants.

She said that despite support from the United Way and Monroe County, those funds, post hurricane, will soon be running out.

In Texas, he said, storm victims assisted crews with trucks and machinery. When the lights go out in Florida, the muggy, buggy reality can be jarring even to longtime residents. "We are still bringing on big groups of people at every hour at every day", said Bryan Garner, Chief FPL Spokesperson.

Irma, which stretched 650 miles from east to west, has battered at least nine states - flooding city streets, uprooting trees and light poles and destroying homes. The full damage of Irma, which continued to pose a danger Monday as it made its way north to Georgia and beyond, has yet to be calculated. On Monday, a home was destroyed when a generator caught on fire.

"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in US history", said EEI President Tom Kuhn.

"Doctors are telling me not to move her. Fire officials say we should evacuate".

Other states also face long roads to recovery. "Some parts of the county and some individuals will be up quicker than others". "We hoped to come inside and cool off a little bit".

Donate clothes, money or food to relief organizations aiding not just local communities but the Caribbean islands that bore a disproportionate amount of Hurricane Irma's devastation. "We commend Secretary Perry's ongoing leadership and the commitment of the entire Administration to ensure unity of effort in the Irma response", said Kuhn.



Other news