FPL says power returning earlier than expected after Irma
Power company crews are working long shifts this week in an attempt to restore electricity to the hundreds of thousands of Georgia homes and buildings that remained in the dark after the remnants of Hurricane Irma passed through the state.
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The Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility company serves roughly 4.8 million accounts and 10 million people across the state.
In Florida Power & Light’s 35-county service area, which includes roughly 5 million customers, more than 86 percent had power Saturday. Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) only to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment.
By Tuesday night, Georgia Power said, it had restored power to 590,000 customers, or 60 percent of those affected. By comparison, only 4 percent of 3.2 million customer outages following Hurricane Wilma in 2005 were addressed in the same time. “We’re working on those cases that are most critical to those customers”.
NextEra Energy Inc’s FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, expects to restore power to essentially all its customers, in the eastern portion of Florida by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.
About 176,000 customers of electric utility cooperatives around the state were still without power Wednesday, according to Georgia EMC, a trade group. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. As ports began to reopen, queues of tanker trucks waited to be refilled.