Maugerville power company helps restore service in Irma-hit Florida


About 97% of customers who lost power during Hurricane Irma have had their service restored, utilities and regulators reported Monday.

Pestano and her English bulldog Finny were among the 70,000 customers Friday sweltering as crews from Florida Power & Light and linemen from out-of-state continue to work 16-hour shifts.

FPL spokesman Dave McDermitt said the remaining local power outages are not confined to specific neighborhoods.

But since then, FPL workers have run into challenges, forcing the company to push back the estimated time of full restoration to Tuesday. Orange County has 21,000 and Monroe 18,000. There were 395 in Jones County and fewer than 10 customers without power in Monroe, Peach, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties, respectively, according to Georgia Power's outage map.

In Southwest Florida, where the utility's system took the most direct hit, restoration in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hendry counties is almost 85% complete but is still projected to be essentially done on Wednesday.

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Lucie and Union counties is 95 percent complete or higher. He said the city is considering filing a lawsuit against FPL.

Duke Energy Florida said this weekend it had restored more than 99% of outages, but officials also apologized for customer service during the event. This reflects the likelihood that some buildings were too damaged to have power turned back on safely. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".

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The outages are more than an inconvenience - they're deadly.

Georgia Power, which had faced about 1 million outages, has also restored power to 99% of customers. Irma caused extensive damage across the state by knocking down trees that destroyed or damaged homes and knocked down power lines. "In a city that names its sports teams for hurricanes, a huge portion of FPL's power lines still sit above-ground and get blown apart even in tropical storm conditions", reported the Miami New Times.