LCEC, FPL report on power outages

Posted September 20, 2017

According to a news release, more than 8,000 workers have restored power to 990,000 Georgia Power customers since Hurricane Irma arrived on Monday. Twelve years later, the larger Irma knocked out 4.4 of FPL's now-4.9 million customers - about 90 percent.

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.

As of Thursday afternoon, Georgia Power has restored power to more than 850,000 customers, with 135,000 customers remaining to be restored.

He has continuously held conference calls with utility companies and has even gone so far as to direct the Florida Highway Patrol to provide escorts to utility crews so they could reach the impacted areas that are without power.

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"We do appreciate the effort FPL made in being here in full force all week", Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said.

Those numbers include 11,318 Georgia Power customers and 14,750 people who get service from one of the state's electric membership cooperatives.

About 300,000 customers remain without power, according to a September 17 statement.

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.

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"I told Florida Power and Light the generators were going to give up soon".

"We are working day and night".

The suit claims FPL charged $2 to $10 per month that was earmarked to pay for clearing trees near power lines and placing power lines underground.

"Putting your family first, what about all of the other people", said district resident Jacquelin Worrell.

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In an update from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, insurance companies have received 372,281 claims for an estimated $2.1 billion in Irma-related damage.

Restoration work is always done simultaneously, and we work until every customer's power is back on. The company now expects that it will restore service to 95 percent of affected customers by Saturday evening, a day sooner than its earlier projections.

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