'Power, power, power': Millions in Florida swelter through outages after Irma

'Power, power, power': Millions in Florida swelter through outages after Irma

In a statement, a representative of Georgia Power wrote, "While the company is working around the clock, customers should plan ahead for the potential for extended outages, possibly days or weeks, due to the vast damage from the storm".

Municipal utilities had about 174,000 customers without power, while Tampa Electric Co. had about 89,000.

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 USA history.

The Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility company serves roughly 4.8 million accounts and 10 million people across the state.

On Monday, when most customers were without power, the storm weakened to a tropical depression.In Georgia, utilities reported outages declined to about 113,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Monday.Other big power utilities in Florida are units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the largest electric company in Georgia. The crews will travel to communities and work until residences and businesses in those areas are hooked back up to the power grid.

In the wake of a storm, power companies avoid saying that service has been restored to every customer location.

"We don't know where that's coming from", Kraft said. "We will be restoring power day and night".

FPL offers little specifics about when power will return
FPL offers little specifics about when power will return

FPL has a restoration workforce of more than 20,000, including FPL employees, along with workers from contracting companies and our partner utilities from almost 30 states and Canada.

He said the city initially had about 60 sites where city workers had to wait for Georgia Power to de-energize power lines damaged by downed trees.

Meanwhile, roughly 6.4 million people in the state remained without power as of Wednesday afternoon, down from 13 million.

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".

Standing in front of a produce cooler at a reopened Publix grocery store in Naples, Missy Sieber said the worst thing about not having electricity is not having air conditioning.

Georgia Power said the huge number of outages presented "a significant challenge", and that it may take several days to complete all the repairs. Officials are holding daily calls with those facilities to make sure they have everything they need to care for their residents.

However, officials at the Florida Department of Health said the facility did not indicate the extent of its problems nor requested assistance in reports to a state monitoring database. They say many in their neighborhood were forced to throw away most of their frozen and colder food, a decision that's putting a dent in their wallets.