After Irma: Power restored to most of Palm Beach

Kelvin Reese
September 20, 2017

But not all of her neighbors have recovered from Hurricane Irma.

Georgia Power has restored power to almost 1 million customers since Hurricane Irma, but a few dozen people remain without power in the Augusta area.

On Saturday, Georgia Power released a statement saying they have restored power to 99 percent of their customers.

About 1 percent of customers are still without power in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties as of Tuesday afternoon. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

FPL committed to restore power to all of its East Coast customers by the end of Sunday.

By Sept. 19, most power in the areas of North Fort Myers, Pine Island, St. James City, Bokeelia, Useppa, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Goodland, and Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Miles City, Monroe Station, Port of the Islands are expected to be essentially restored.

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FPL, which serves almost five million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.

Duke announced a self-imposed deadline of midnight Friday to restore power to thousands of customers, the Tampa Bay Times reports, but the utility missed the mark for many, sowing discontent in the sweltering post-storm heat. It also brought flooding, especially in coastal areas.

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.

The utility estimated Irma damage included almost 1,500 broken or damaged power poles, 2,400 fallen trees, 450 damaged transformers, and more than 6,000 spans of wire totaling almost 230 miles.

The U.S. Justice Department has received more than 400 fraud complaints involving relief aid after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and expects a spike in fraud complaints in the coming months, department officials said on Thursday. Other people in the county lost everything.

Dorta's colleague, John H. Ruiz, noted that FPL's allegedly lax storm-preparation methods "impact [ed] more than 4 million" FPL customers, thus meriting a class-action suit. Spokesman Bill Orlove said the company routinely works with financially strapped customers.

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