Central Georgia EMC still working to restore power

Central Georgia EMC still working to restore power

Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in US history.

A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages dipped to around 3.5 million by Monday afternoon from a peak of 3.6 million earlier in the day.

In Florida Power & Light's 35-county service area, which includes roughly 5 million customers, more than 86 percent had power Saturday.

Georgia Power urging customers still without power from Irma to be aware of potential scams during statewide recovery.

"A lot of times, we come on these storms and people get really hostile as far as not really understanding why we can't just flip a light switch and make everything come back on", Parker said.

Tens of thousands of customers in Pinellas County on the state's west coast still don't have electricity as well.

The unprecedented outages - knocking out power to more than half of Florida's homes and businesses - also unleashed a cascade effect across the region.

Crews are trying to restore lines that affect the most customers first, but can't yet get to some areas. Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation".

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Post-Irma woes continue for the millions of Floridians who remain without power.

Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones. All of Georgia Power's resources are being held and dedicated to storm restoration efforts in the state following Hurricane Irma.

The utility companies say repairs and replacement of downed powerlines could take several days.

Ninety percent of the homes on the islands were destroyed or damaged.

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

"We are doing everything we can to restore it", Jackson EMC lineman Jose Salgado said.

The state's largest electric provider said 95 percent of those affected by Irma should have service restored by Sunday night. By late Monday, almost 273,000 electric customers across SC had lost power as tropical storm force winds covered the entirety of the state. If customers believe their power is out for this reason, there is no need to contact us.