17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

As South Florida continues to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, a large percentage of Miami-Dade County homes and businesses still have power outages, though the figure is rapidly dropping.

"The grid is not symmetrical the grid doesn't know business from residential, neighborhood from neighborhood", said Rob Gould, Vice President, Chief Communications Officer of Florida Power and Light. "You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. reported Saturday morning about 26,000 Georgia customers were still without power because of Tropical Storm Irma. Without it, many cities could barely exist, let alone prosper. Electrical power is needed, too, to keep water and sanitation systems operating.

About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida and Georgia remained without power on Friday after Hurricane Irma, including 46 of Florida's almost 700 nursing homes caught in the deadly storm's path.

FPL offers little specifics about when power will return
FPL offers little specifics about when power will return

Some of the Alabama Power crews have been working in Atlanta. JEA had enough poles, transformer and wire inventory to complete the job. They've been assigned to a single segment of an affected line. "We're attacking it on all fronts", he said.

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place", Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

One of the ways FPL is maximizing its manpower is having the crews sleep, shower and eat at its staging area at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.

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

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"Our guys are out there working around the clock to make sure we get everybody back online just as soon as possible", Mauldin said. "Is an hour closer to putting the power back on".

Georgia Power announced Wednesday that it expects to restore power to 95 percent of customers by Sunday night.

Clay Electric's district offices were closed Friday so all personnel can focus on restoration efforts. In Southwest Florida, where the damage is most extensive, restoration is more challenging and now estimated to be completed by September 22.

The cooperative has sufficient numbers of transformers and other fix materials on hand for its restoration effort.

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They say the restoration process has been 4 times faster than what we saw during Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", Bush said in a remark that quickly became a symbol of the botched federal response to a storm that killed more than 1,800 people. Visitors will need to bring their own equipment (electronics and charging cords).

The death toll from Hurricane Irma was at 82 early on Friday as 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power in sweltering heat, five days after the historic storm ripped through southeast U.S. "This offering is an opportunity to help them recharge physically and mentally after dealing with the challenges of the past several days". Since each power company account can represent more than one person, the sheer number of people without electricity was daunting: Going by the Homeland Security estimates, at one point Irma had knocked out power to one out of every 22 Americans. "Scared, nervous, and stressed out about money", Burham said.

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