Millions of Florida Homes and Businesses Still Don't Have Power

Utility crews across Georgia and Florida are still working to restore power after Hurricane Irma left many people without

Utility crews across Georgia and Florida are still working to restore power after Hurricane Irma left many people without it. John Raoux WABE

More than 840,000 Georgia customers were without power shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, mostly in the southern half of the state, as Tropical Storm Irma headed north from Florida.

Eight elderly resident of a Florida nursing home died Wednesday. "But even with that, I think the number is over 30,000 individuals from out of state are helping us get our power on".

It's not just the Keys that were hard hit.

FPL said it estimates that east coast customers will have power by the end of the weekend, except in areas hit by tornadoes, flooding and severe damage.

- The Division of Animal Industry is coordinating with neighboring states and federal officials to have veterinary teams on standby for after the storm.

When people in Georgia or Florida who had been left in the dark by Hurricane Irma rejoice as their power is restored, some of them will be able to thank crews from the High Point Electric Utilities Department.

NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the eastern portion of Florida by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western part of the state by September 22.

"We won't rest until every customer has their lights back on", said FPL CEO Eric Silagy on Monday.

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Many Florida airports resumed operations on Tuesday, including Jacksonville International Airport and Tampa International Airport.

At least 300,000 people remained without power in Puerto Rico as of Tuesday morning.

Georgia Power said that before and during Irma all of its resources were held in the state to lead restoration efforts. If you were outside across parts of north Georgia and Alabama. "It's going to take some time to allow people back in their homes, particularly in the Florida Keys". As of Tuesday afternoon, that number had decreased to 3.4 million.

The head of FEMA, Brock Long, announced this morning he's heading to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands today. FPL also warned residents to stay away from downed power lines.

"We look to make sure our generation facilities are up and running". One reactor at the plant was shut down late Sunday; FPL spokeswoman Alys Daly said Monday an inspection showed an unspecified problem, and "the conservative decision was made to safely shut down Unit 1".

Use FPL's Power Tracker and Peace River Electric Cooperative's Outage Map to see what areas are still without power. For these efforts, Gulf Power was awarded the Edison Electric Institute Assistance Award or its extraordinary work assisting in power restoration efforts in a neighboring or nearby electric company.

In North Carolina and SC, where Duke Energy provides electricity for more than 4 million customers, the utility said it has turned the power back on for 160,000 customers and that 48,644 remain affected.

- Lakeland-based Publix reported 22 of its 776 stores in Florida remained closed on Tuesday. He explained that FPL does an annual review of priority restoration targets with the local governments of the 35 communities the company serves to identify hospitals, police and fire stations, water treatment plants, 911 call centers and other places where initial fix efforts should focus.

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