FPL works to restore power to East Coast as deadline approaches

Georgia utilities say power restored to almost 95 percent of customers

Hurricane Irma death toll reaches 82, 1.5 million without power

NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, has said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the hard-hit western part of its territory by September 22. More than 65 percent of customers in Collier, where Irma made landfall and inflicted the worst damage, are restored; FPL expects to be essentially complete September 22.

One of the hardest hit areas of Central Florida for Duke Energy customers is Orange County, which saw a drop from 20,897 to 12,789 people without power.

Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corp. reported Saturday morning about 26,000 Georgia customers were still without power because of Tropical Storm Irma. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

FPL has a specific power restoration plan following a severe storm or hurricane. On Sunday, FPL said it would be Monday and on Monday she was told it would be Tuesday.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday in Broward County, 3,600 were reporting outages, of 933,300 accounts, and Palm Beach County was essentially restored, with just 60 outages, according to FPL.

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FPL spokesman Dave McDermitt said the remaining local power outages are not confined to specific neighborhoods.

Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times. Additionally, most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres - the most impacted areas by the hurricane - can expect restoration by September 22. It also brought flooding, especially in coastal areas.

85 percent of restoration is complete in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Lee and Glades counties. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said. Other people in the county lost everything.

Restoration work is always done simultaneously, and we work until every customer's power is back on.

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".

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