U.S. Southeast utilities said on Friday they restored power to over 75 percent of the 7.8 million homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving almost 1.9 million of those customers still without electricity.
BRAKKTON BOOKER, BYLINE: Utility crews around Florida are starting to clear tree limbs that fell on power lines during Irma.
Pictured: Gulf Power crews roll out of their Pine Forest Road office Tuesday morning for Tampa.
When the lights zapped out at 4:03 p.m., Brazier, 62, thought, certainly, they'd come back on before the worst of Irma hit.
That time, he told MetroNews, was devoted to additional training on Florida's power system. He's not taking any chances.
Down in the Keys, crews labored to fix United States 1 and residents of the upper islands were allowed to return home.
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In Fort Lauderdale, a layer of sand brought in by Irma covered streets more than a block or two off the beach on Tuesday.
"Restoring power to our Gulf Power customers is our priority". He called the scope unprecedented.
"We've had significant outages with this hurricane".
While acknowledging the public's frustration, utility officials said they are getting power back on faster than they did after Hurricane Wilma hit the state 12 years ago.
As residents drifted back from shelters and far-away havens on Tuesday, they saw Irma's scattershot destruction. FPL's president asked for patience. Restoration of power in Georgia "could take several days, if not weeks", depending on the level of damage and whether crews have safe access to areas, Georgia Power stated Tuesday in a news release.
Based on current conditions, FirstEnergy employees could be in Florida for the next two weeks as part of the massive rebuilding effort. Any chance we might see the details in that timeline?
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The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 miles per hour, Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said.
We're working to get updates on the effort to restore power, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4. And we'll work to get some of those areas up as quickly as possible as well. More than 30,000 utility workers have been activated to assist in restoring power, as the Bradenton Herald reported Monday. Since customers includes homes and businesses, these numbers do not reflect the full amount of individuals who lost electricity. In Tallahassee where the effects of Irma, now a tropical storm, are still being felt, some 29,000 customers remain in the dark.
Recently, in 2016, Gulf Power responded to the City of Tallahassee and Georgia Power following Hurricane Hermine's landfall. He also declared a state of emergency across all 159 Georgia counties. He tells member station WFSU they're anxious about risky conditions and plan to ramp up restoration efforts tomorrow.
"We have no idea of when we will be able to get gas".
BOOKER: Like many areas in Florida, an overnight curfew has been put in place in Tallahassee.
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