Over a quarter of a million still without power in Georgia

8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia

In making the comparison, it's important to remember that Wilma impacted a smaller portion of FPL's service area - 21 counties - while Irma affected all 35 counties served by the utility, FPL spokesman Bill Orlove said. Duke said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight September 17.

Other states also face long roads to recovery.

Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks. By Wednesday afternoon, state emergency management officials estimate that one third - or 6.4 million - residents remained without power in the Sunshine state.

"Power pretty much drives everything", said Christopher Krebs, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security.

More than 50 Appalachian Power workers spent about two weeks in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

"We don't know where that's coming from", Kraft said.

Duke Energy reports that 1.2 million of its customers in the Sunshine State remain affected by the outage as of Monday, while services have resumed to over 100,000 others.

The vast majority are in Florida.

About 46,000 of Georgia Power's customers still didn't have power Friday, according to the utility's state-wide outage map. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday.

Georgia Power spokesperson Meredith Stone told CBS46 that they can't get an exact restoration time for some neighborhoods because they haven't even been assessed yet. "Our restoration crews are working around the clock to get your lights back on, but in the hardest-hit areas we're spending hours clearing debris before it is safe for crews to reach power lines and begin work". "The biggest thing we've got to do for people is get their power back". Although Puerto Rico did not take a direct hit from Irma, thousands of residents are still without power on the island. "Initial assessments suggest that hardened FPL feeders, which are our main power lines, performed 30 percent better during Irma than non-hardened feeders".

Police obtained a search warrant on Thursday in their criminal investigation into the deaths while Florida's healthcare agency ordered a Miami-area nursing home suspended from the state Medicaid program.

Neither had been restored by Tuesday evening, the Sun Sentinel reported.



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