Florida's Irma Outages Continue Despite Power Grid Upgrades

Erica Roy
September 20, 2017

An FPL executive called the suit "frivolous", saying it was filed by a law firm tied to a city commissioner of Coral Gables, which the utility said planted thousands of trees too close to power lines.

When asked by News 6 how customers could be wrongly told their power was restored, Gould answered, "It's a frustration that we have heard and we are keenly aware of it. And they're receiving millions of dollars from their consumers who are receiving nothing in return".

Georgia Power said Friday that it had made enough progress that it moved up its projections for finishing the bulk of repairs by 24 hours. A court will now decide whether the company has spent its money wisely for the past 12 years.

FPL apologized to customers given misinformation.

Over 2 million people in South Florida were left without power after Hurricane Irma hit September 10.

FPL estimated between 1,200 and 1,500 poles came down because of Irma.

"Hurricanes are announced beforehand", Ruiz noted.

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Overall, the number of customers without power across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia is going down.

Electric companies in the state are coming under fire from residents, legislators and local officials about how long it is taking to get power back on.

Lights are turning back on across the county four days after Tropical Storm Irma caused widespread power outages. Residents across Florida are now asking where all of that money went.

In the meantime, crews were out early to Palmetto Bay, one of the hardest hit areas in Miami-Dade County.

During Wilma, 3.24 of FPL's then-4.3 million customers (about 75 percent) lost power, many for more than two weeks.

Sawhill expressed "a special thanks to our customers for their patience and the families of our employees, especially as we continue the restoration efforts throughout Georgia because of Hurricane Irma".

In St. Johns County, more than 1,300 FPL customers and a few JEA customers remain without power. Many of them are missing the comforts of home, but some Florida women are stepping forward to help.

"They spent a lot of time advertising that they were ready", Speier said today.

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