Utility provider says 99.9% of eastern Florida’s power has been restored
Potential delays for structural damage or safety issues.
Of the estimated 4.45 million Florida customers affected by significant power outages as a result of the destruction inflicted by Hurricane Irma earlier this month, nearly all have reportedly had services restored.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) issued a statement late yesterday, revealing power services have been repaired for over 4.41 million (99.9%) customers, mostly in eastern Florida, impacted by Hurricane Irma.
At the time of publication, FPL reports 44,230 customers, across 17 counties, remain without power. The majority of those affected reside within Collier County (23,810) and Lee County (18,020).
The utility provider said more than 28,000 employees have been working 16-hour days to restore services.
In the north of the state, FPL reports service has been restored to almost all customers in Duval, Clay, Union, Suwannee, Columbia, Alachua, Bradford, Baker, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia counties.
In central Florida, service has been restored to essentially all customers in Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Martin counties.
Along Florida’s eastern coast, service has been restored to essentially all customers in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Additionally, Miami-Dade County is very close (99.7%) to having full power restored.
In Southwest Florida, Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota and Charlotte are also essentially restored. Hendry County has most services (90%) working again. Power restoration is mostly complete (87%) in DeSoto, Highlands, Glades and Lee counties, while a substantial amount (83%) of customers have power in Collier County, where Irma made landfall and caused severe damage.
While restorations continue across all counties, FPL warns repairs for both homes and businesses may be delayed in areas throughout the entire state as a result of structural damage or safety concerns.
FPL has established walk-up sites across several communities. These sites provide charging stations, water, Wi-Fi connections, ice, community service and restoration information, and customer service assistance.
Those who live in an area where power is essentially restored, but don’t have electricity, can report this outage.
The latest claims data for Hurricane Irma reveals a quickly growing insurance bill of almost $2 billion.
However, global analytics firm CoreLogic estimates total insured and uninsured losses for both residential and commercial properties, as a result of Hurricane Irma, to be between $42.5 billion and $65 billion.