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FPL says power returning earlier than expected after Irma

FPL says power returning earlier than expected after Irma

Power should be restored to "essentially" all Sarasota-Manatee customers by Wednesday, two days ahead of the initial estimate of Friday.

Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said that customer communications almost always fail in major storms. He cautioned that recovery could take longer because the storm affected the entire state. Authorities say some parts of the Florida Keys may be inaccessible for weeks. The deaths occur after the storm has ended but if there are power outages. "People thought thousands and thousands of people may have their lives ended".

Meanwhile, roughly 6.4 million people in the state remained without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from 13 million.

Some customers on Florida's west coast might not have service restored until September 22, the utility told the News.

If you are a Georgia Power customer, you can check on your outage or report an outage through their outage map on their website.

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FPL's Chief Communications Officer Rob Gould told ABC over the weekend that the company anticipated that in some areas the power grid would have to be totally rebuilt.

Boats blown away from their docks sit in the marsh after Hurricane Irma on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at St. Marys on the Georgia coast. The U.S. Virgin Islands was the hardest hit of any U.S. state or territory, with large numbers of homes destroyed and widespread power outages.

An estimated 20 percent of Florida's gas stations had no fuel on Thursday, down from a peak of 46 percent, according to fuel information service Gas Buddy.

About 7.3 million homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama because of Hurricane Irma, according to state officials and utilities on Monday, Reuters reported. Most of those deaths were the result of either medical issues as they prepared for the storm or carbon monoxide poisoning.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said. As neighbor after neighbor on her block tried to call Duke Energy for help, they heard that just 80 homes in their neighborhood lost power - out of more than 100,000 across Pinellas County. Almost 25 percent of all customers in Miami-Dade County still don't have power. "Thank you for your continued patience, and rest assured, we will get your power restored". The two nuclear plants have a strong record of weathering intense storms. Additional weakening is forecast, and Irma is expected to become a tropical storm over far northern Florida or southern Georgia on Monday.