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A Quarter Of Floridians Still Don't Have Power After Irma

15 September, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Crews are asking for patience as they work to restore power in South Florida following Hurricane Irma

Lee County Electric Cooperative, which serves communities from Everglades City to North Fort Myers, said early Tuesday 160,918 of its 214,848 customers still were without power.

Schools remain closed through the end of the week.

But he said that if someone relies on medical equipment that needs power that they should not wait for the utility to restore electricity.

"This is the first time that our entire 27,000-square-mile territory, 35 counties all in all, have been impacted by Hurricane Irma or any storm", Gould said.

"This is the largest restoration army in our company's history, and could be one of the most challenging restorations our country has ever seen". "We have certainly enough power to provide to our customers". It could take half a day just to get power back into one home. "We will be restoring power day and night". "So while you might not see an FPL truck on your street or in your neighborhood during a power outage, you may see our partners from other companies who are part of our restoration team", Silagy said. Restoring power after the widespread damage caused by a storm of this size and strength is brutal work, and we want our customers to know that we are touched by the compassion and appreciation they've shown us.

"Virtually all of our facilities in the area are on generator power because commercial power has not yet been restored", said spokeswoman Mindy Kramer.

Gould said "there are pockets where there has been tornado damage, severe flooding, and homes that won't accept power".

Crews are asking for patience as they work to restore power to South Florida
Crews are asking for patience as they work to restore power to South Florida

FPL made billions of dollars in upgrades since hurricane Wilma in 2005.

"Most of the outages we are seeing is a result of debris and vegetation that is blowing into our lines", Gould said.

All 112 critical hospitals impacted have been restored, and more than 90 percent of all critical infrastructure facilities, such as police and fire stations and 911 dispatch centers, are back up and running.

We start by repairing any damage to our power plants and the power lines that carry electricity from our plants to the local substations. "We were anticipating a significant number of poles down across our network". And we're going to have to continue to work the issue.

FP&L urged customers to not report outages to the company, because its "smart grid" technology alerts them to all outages instantly.

"If you are not sure, walk away from it, because you could have a power line that is still energized", he said.

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