AEP, Dominion crews head south to help with Irma recovery

Lora Castelo stands at a trailer park were her home used to be in Islamorada after Hurricane Irma struck Florida in Islamorada U.S. Septe

Work crews can spend hours turning on the lights to a handful of homes.

The number of Georgia homes and businesses without power dropped below 100,000 on Friday for the first time since Tropical Storm Irma roared into the state.

NextEra Energy Inc's (NEE.N) FPL, Florida's biggest electric company, said on Friday about 1.1 million customers had no power, while Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) reported that more than 371,000 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), reported about 39,000 were without power, Reuters reported. So far, power supply has been restored to 1.1 million affected users, according to the company.

Almost 5 million FPL customers across 35 counties lost power when Irma slammed into Florida. All 263 substations, the backbone of the system that delivers electricity, are working.

Immediately below, in the next sentence (also in red): "FPL is not responsible for food loss".

Power did not come fast enough to some nursing homes, however. FPL spokesperson Bud Fraga said the company, in an attempt to be as clear as possible with customers, wound up confusing them instead.

The company has pledged that all customers here will be back on line by September 22, except for those in areas with extensive flood or wind damage. Garner said FPL is not facing any shortages.

But even some of those with power are coping without their cable and internet service.

Many outages, he said, were caused by debris, vegetation and falling trees and not necessarily the wind.

There were 477 Tri-County EMC members waiting to have their power restored on Saturday morning, including 265 in Jones, 112 in Baldwin, 83 in Putnam County, 16 in Twiggs and one in Wilkinson.

Comcast has repaired almost 5,000 local downed drops - the connection between the pole and the home - but faces challenges in restoring its fiber lines, she said. We are working 24-seven, we recognize what it's like to be without power. The company can not, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

Meanwhile, many Southwest Florida residents remain frustrated that they are among the minority still without power.

"We know how hard it is to be without power", said FPL Chief Communications Officer Rob Gould.

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