FPL promises full power restoration by Tuesday after Irma

Nick Sanchez
September 20, 2017

FPL says that between hurricanes Wilma and Irma, the company spent more than $3 billion hardening its power grid to prevent major damage from future hurricanes.

FPL plans to have power to all customers by Wednesday unless there is an unusual circumstance that is preventing them.

"We have not yet received a copy of the lawsuit, but we can only assume it's another attempt to distract from the city's failure to properly locate and manage its trees, despite having a website that shows the exact location of each of its 38,000 trees", said FPL spokesman Peter Robbins.

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.

About 300,000 customers remain without power, according to a September 17 statement. "It's really become house-to-house combat, if you will".

Just 1 percent of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade and Broward counties were without power on Tuesday morning, Florida Power & Light's data.

8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia.

Albany substation
8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia. Albany substation

Exceptions could occur in areas throughout Florida that are impacted by unusual circumstances such as tornadoes, severe flooding, heavy tree and debris damage. It marked the largest restoration of power in a single state in the history of the U.S.

FPL estimates 90 percent of Brevard residents will have power Sunday and 95 percent by Monday. The lawyers also say FPL did not do almost enough to trim trees and keep lines reinforced in the days before Irma hit. Most of those claims are from owners of houses, mobile homes and other residential dwellings. "Residents have been coming to the Recreation Center all week", he said.

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.

"We do understand the hardships that people are going through, especially after Hurricane Irma", he said. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.

"Our customers are angry and frustrated that we could not provide them better information".

LCEC and hundreds of restoration workers have been working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the 170,000 customers that lost power after Irma.

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