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Florida asks: When will power and AC be back?

Florida asks: When will power and AC be back?

At the height of the outages, 4.4 million FPL customers were without power. Georgia EMC said it had close to 300,000 customers without power.

"The destruction from Hurricane Irma was unprecedented across Georgia, and throughout the Southeast, and I'm extremely proud of and thankful for the work and dedication of our teams to restore service to almost all impacted customers ahead of schedule", said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power.

Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in US history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers. At the peak of Irma, 550,000 EMC customers and 984,000 Georgia Power homes and businesses had their electricity knocked out.

FPL, the state's biggest electric company, said about 1.3 million customers had no power, down from more than 3.6 million on Monday.

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"We are working on a solution to get it back up as soon as possible", FPL spokesman Bill Orlove told the Sun Sentinel.

"We expect to have all West Coast customers essentially restored by end of day, September 22", FPL said in a statement.

"If you don't have internet, what good is the app?" said Kelly, who helped investigate Florida's power outages after the hurricanes.

The number of Atlanta customers without power has continued to drop as the utilities re-routed power and brought in additional crews from as far away as Canada to fix damage. More than 50,000 utility workers - some from as far away as Canada and California - are responding to the crisis, according to the association that represents the nation's investor-owned utilities. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation". Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. In addition, with the hurricane carrying such high winds this time around, there are more downed trees and utility lines affecting power repairs. Both reactors at its Turkey Point facility, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Miami, remained shut early Tuesday, while both reactors at its St. Lucie plant, about 120 miles (190 km) north of Miami, were operating at full power. Some three weeks after Harvey, at least 10,700 customers in that state remained without power. The company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the Hurricane Irma restoration process with any changes in these ERTs. "Hurricane Irma's devastating wrath was felt throughout the entire state - the storm uprooted trees, transformed roads into rivers, tore roofs off homes and businesses, and left millions of Floridians in the dark", said Silagy.


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