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17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

16 September 2017, 01:05 | Andy Ferguson

After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History

Storm Update Power companies working to restore power

"We restored power to about 40 percent of the customers impacted by Irma in just one day", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference on Tuesday.

Rick Scott escorts President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence surveying from the damage from Hurricane Irma in Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

After thousands of people lost power due to Hurricane Irma, many had to throw away perishable food items.

Anyone who is dealing with a down power line or power pole should stay away from it and report it to 1-800-4OUTAGE.

Most of those costs were related to Matthew, which caused a third as many outages as Irma did for FPL. "Fully restoring power is my top priority and we have been aggressively working with utility providers to solve this issue as fast as possible".

Since Monday, power has been restored to more than 3.5 million homes and businesses in Florida.

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More than 10,000 remain in over 100 shelters across the state.

Use FPL's Power Tracker and Peace River Electric Cooperative's Outage Map to see what areas are still without power. They expect to restore power to essentially all customers by Sunday night, though they concede customers with more complex damage may take longer to restore.

Tampa Electric said in a statement their crews have restored power to more than 90% of the 750,000 customers impacted by the storm. "If you are still without power, we want you to know we are coming".

Irma tore though the lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane early Sunday morning, its eye passing 20 miles east of Key West. But those hoping to get their money back from Florida Power and Light are out of luck.

"Our restoration team, comprised of more than 21,500 men and women from almost 30 states and Canada, is making steady progress every hour across 27,000 square miles of territory impacted by Irma, and we continue to bring thousands of customers back on each and every day".



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