One percent of Manatee County waiting for power

Almost All Power Should Be Restored By Sunday According To Ga Power

Many customers who had emailed or telephoned the Sun Sentinel for help saw their power restored Sunday night or Monday.

The state Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities like FPL, said it receives period reports on power restoration throughout the day, but only on a county basis.

Not only has the FPL has been criticised for its strict rules making solar adoption, which could save 2.200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, lagging behind other U.S. states it has also been criticised for not investing enough to weather-proof its network.

But Florida Power & Light crews were there, as they have been working around the clock to try to restore power.

As of Monday, they had eliminated significant outages everywhere except Florida.

As of 3:26 p.m., in Richmond County, 20 customers remain without power in 16 outages.

By Friday afternoon, the state's utilities reported that 80,500 customers remained without power, including about 7,300 in the Atlanta area. Duke Energy had nearly 94,000 out, 5% of its total. Those expected to be among the last to regain power were customers with heavy property damage, such as from tornadoes, flooding or debris.

The two counties that took a direct hit from Irma still have tens of thousands of customers without power. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

"We know patience has worn thin", said FPL CEO Eric Silagy.

The effort included strengthening 600 transmission lines, placing more than 450 lines underground and clearing vegetation from more than 135,000 miles of wires.

In an update from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, insurance companies have received 372,281 claims for an estimated $2.1 billion in Irma-related damage. FPL deployed nearly 50 drones to assess the damage.

"One of the things you are seeing in particular with FPL's investment in hardening their system is not that it prevented outages, but that it allowed for the restoration process to be a lot quicker and a lot safer", EEI Executive Director Scott Aaronson told the Post.

"We do understand the hardships that people are going through, especially after Hurricane Irma", he said. "It is really about risk management". There is no such thing as risk elimination.

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