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FPL working round the clock to restore power to remaining customers impacted by Hurricane Irma; more than 4.1 million customers restored within six days
- FPL on track to have majority of eastern counties at least 95 percent restored tonight
- Restoration estimates by county for 90 percent, 95 percent and 100 percent restored available at FPL.com/powertracker
- Crews working neighborhood by neighborhood to clear fallen trees, debris and restore power
- Safety continues as a priority, especially for customers using generators
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company continues aggressively working to restore power to the remaining customers who are still without power as a result of Hurricane Irma. The company has restored power to more than 4.1 million customers within six days and remains focused on the remaining 300,000 customers affected.
"Our efforts are centered on getting the lights back on for our customers who have been without power the longest," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "We know patience has worn thin and with the help of thousands of hardworking men and women from 30 states and Canada, we're working day and night to help our customers' lives return to normal."
Restoration in Brevard, Broward, Clay, Flagler, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Seminole, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties is 95 percent complete or higher. Columbia, Duval, Hardee, Martin, Orange, Osceola and St. Lucie counties are 100 percent restored. Any customers who do not have power in these counties should report their outage online at FPL.com/outage.
In addition, Miami-Dade County is nearly 95 percent restored, and FPL is on track to have restoration essentially complete on Tuesday.
Restoration for FPL customers in Northeast Florida counties, including Flagler County north through Nassau County, is on track. FPL expects nearly all customers in these counties to have their power restored Monday with some small areas finishing up Tuesday.
In Southwest Florida, restoration in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hendry counties is nearly 85 percent complete and still projected to be essentially complete on Wednesday. Lee and Glades counties are nearly 85 percent restored and are projected to be essentially complete by Thursday night. More than 65 percent of customers in Collier County, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage, are restored, and FPL expects to be essentially complete Friday.
Exceptions could occur in areas throughout Florida that are impacted by unusual circumstances such as tornadoes, severe flooding, heavy tree and debris damage. There may also be instances in which a customer's home or business is unable to safely accept power.
"To our customers without power, I want you to know that we understand how frustrating it can be, and we will not stop until everyone's lights are back on," Silagy added. "I also want to thank the many community partners that continue to assist us in restoration efforts; without your support, the enormous task we face to restore power to nearly 4.4 million customers would be even harder. But as we often see in tough times, Floridians continue to work together to come back stronger than ever."
FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. These sites provide charging stations, water, Wi-Fi, ice, community service and restoration information, and customer service assistance. Please visit FPL.com/powertracker to see locations and times.
Significant challenges caused by trees and debris damaging lines
FPL has assembled the largest restoration workforce in U.S. history. More than 27,000 personnel have been working throughout the company's 35-county service area to safely restore power as quickly as possible. As areas along the east coast are fully restored, crews will move into the remaining counties, particularly Miami-Dade County and Southwest Florida, to help restore power to FPL's customers in those communities.
FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via FPL.com, Facebook and Twitter. 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. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
Be certain your home or business is ready to receive power
Please stay safe and help us keep crews safe
How to stay informed
Visit FPL.com/storm for the latest restoration information.
Florida Power & Light Company
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
For further information: Florida Power & Light Company, Media Line: 561-694-4442, @FPL_Newsroom