Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

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Keep in mind the company never asks for special payments to restore power and they will not refuse to reconnect service to those impacted by Irma due to a past due bill. If you come to an intersection with a non-working traffic signal, Florida law requires that you treat it as a four-way stop. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock.

Florida Public Counsel J.R. Kelly said that customer communications almost always fail in major storms. Most of those deaths were the result of either medical issues as they prepared for the storm or carbon monoxide poisoning. Details on the sixth death were not immediately known. Power has already been restored to more than 770,000 customers.

FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via FPL.com, Facebook and Twitter. Power has already been restored to more than 1.2 million customers.

More than 800,000 customers were impacted by the storm.

"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy.

Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

Almost 1,000 accounts classified as high-priority critical infrastructure facilities were impacted by Irma.

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The company is on track to restore power to 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, who can accept power, by Saturday night or earlier. In addition, Wilma impacted a smaller portion of our service territory - 21 counties - whereas Irma affected all 27,000 square miles covering 35 counties. "As our restoration progresses, we're seeing extensive tree and debris damage in some areas".

"At this point, we're better off taking care of them where they are".

Perry said 60,000 utility workers from USA and Canada are in the disaster area working to get power back on. In Palm Beach County, 591,600 or 87 percent of homes and businesses affected by Irma had been restored.

Gould on Friday blamed a statewide volume of outages, more enormous than anything FPL's worked before. They are also more likely to take medication that affects body temperature.

"We know that our customers want their lives to get back to normal - and electricity is a key part of that", said Gordon Gillette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric.

Even when winds have subsided, conditions can be unsafe. Several other nursing homes have been evacuated because of a lack of power or air conditioning, while utility workers raced to help facilities still without electricity.

"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.

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