Limited power outages remain in Augusta area

20 September, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • A boat lays across US 1 after Hurricane Irma in Big Pine Key Florida U.S

The fact that power was restored quicker during Irma than Wilma does not deserve praise; we have set the bar far too low for FPL's performance. Twelve years later, the larger Irma knocked out 4.4 of FPL's now-4.9 million customers - about 90 percent.

Duke Energy Florida said this weekend it had restored more than 99% of outages, but officials also apologized for customer service during the event.

Utility workers fix high-voltage power lines across from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport in Marathon, Fla., on September 12, 2017.

The biggest challenge was clearing debris after huge trees toppled onto power lines, creating a challenging situation for crews going neighborhood to neighborhood. First, FPL restores power to critical functions, like hospitals and 911 centers, and then to the most people in the shortest amount of time.

FPL expects the majority of restoration in Northeast Florida counties to be completed today, with a small amount finishing on Tuesday.

FPL, the state's biggest electric company, said 239,000 customers had no power, down from more than 3.6 million on September 11. Statewide, 6,436 customers remain without power due to 811 outages.

By Sept. 19, most power in the areas of North Fort Myers, Pine Island, St. James City, Bokeelia, Useppa, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Goodland, and Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Miles City, Monroe Station, Port of the Islands are expected to be essentially restored.

The company is on target to restore power to all by Wednesday, McDermitt said, except in areas with flooding or extensive wind damage.

85 percent of restoration is complete in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Lee and Glades counties. The lawyers also say FPL did not do almost enough to trim trees and keep lines reinforced in the days before Irma hit. 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.

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. Other people in the county lost everything. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".

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