A week after hurricane, many in Florida still lack power

1.1 million in Florida still without power after Irma

Irma, which struck on September 10, affected millions of residents and downed power lines across the state.

The fact that almost all of their customers lost power in the tri-county area from a Category 1 storm is unacceptable.

FPL, the state's biggest electric company, said 239,000 customers had no power, down from more than 3.6 million on September 11.

Georgia Power will not refuse to reconnect service to customers impacted by Hurricane Irma due to a past due bill and demand payment prior to reconnection.

An FPL executive called the suit "frivolous", saying it was filed by a law firm tied to a city commissioner of Coral Gables, which the utility said planted thousands of trees too close to power lines.

"It hazardous type of work, we do see some unique challenges", he said.

Last Wednesday, a FPL spokesperson told Action News Jax reporter Lorena Inclán that all customers would be restored by Sunday.

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Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said. "One street or condo may have power and the next may not".

Since the storm passed through late Sunday and early Monday, 267,820 Brevard customers who had lost power have had it restored. "Some of the restaurants on the north side are open with limited menus". Some pockets of areas that were heavily affected can expect to have their power gone for longer.

Florida residents who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma are angered at the state's electricity board for making it illegal for homeowners to power their homes using solar panels. Orange County has 21,000 and Monroe 18,000. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938. "Hitting the ground running is certainly crucial".

The state Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities like FPL, said it receives period reports on power restoration throughout the day, but only on a county basis.

Since Frances, Jeanne and Wilma, FPL has spent more than $2 billion strengthening its system against storms.

"If you are one of that 75,000, we want you to know that we hear you and we are working as hard and as safely and as quickly as we can to get you back up and running", said Meredith Stone with Georgia Power corporate communications in a statement.

The utility estimated Irma damage included almost 1,500 broken or damaged power poles, 2,400 fallen trees, 450 damaged transformers, and more than 6,000 spans of wire totaling almost 230 miles. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".




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