Statewide restoration efforts ahead of schedule — Georgia Power

A fallen tree toppled by Hurricane Irma blocks a street in downtown Miami Florida

By Monday morning, most Miami streets were drying up, though they were covered with debris.

More than 21,000 workers around the state had been putting in 16-hour shifts in the field as soon as it was safe to do so. As of Tuesday afternoon, that number had decreased to 3.4 million.

FPL said on Monday it was doing final checks before bringing back nuclear reactors that were powered down as Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

After Hurricane Irma took power from residents across Georgia, crews have been on the job to ensure power is restored.

Appalachian Power was sending about 400 workers from its coverage areas in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee to both Georgia and Florida. And, customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

"They assess, they call back to dispatch and let them know what materials are needed, and that's when you see the bucket trucks roll in, " Ms. Gibbs said. "That's not true", he said.

A deadline of September 22 has been set for restoring power to customers in the company's western counties, which include all or parts of Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry, Collier and Monroe.

Nearly all TECO households without power should get it back by Sunday, Tampa Electric's president, Gordon Gillette, said Tuesday afternoon. 65% sustained significant damage, and 25% were totally destroyed.

There's not just one cause to blame for the widespread outages.

In addition, all 6,897 miles of transmission lines and all 601 substations are back in service.

"It's all of these things together", Nissan said. I complained that we should bury power lines in South Florida and use technology to make recovery quicker and less painful.

Apps like Waze can tell us about traffic in our neighborhoods and websites like Gasbuddy.com help us find nearby fuel in a time of crisis.

"Parts of the facility itself were energized by FPL, I can't give you anything more specific than that at this point", FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference. Georgia Power originally estimated that 95 percent of affected customers would be reconnected by Sunday evening.

Approximately 870,000 Georgia Power customers, half of the company's residential customer base, are now without power. In Hernando, 36,082 customers.

-There are close to 545,000 Georgia Power customers now without power.

Up until early Tuesday, Todd Meyers, external communications manager for FirstEnergy, the parent company of Mon Power, said the Mon Power workers had been on standby near Columbia, South Carolina awaiting Irma's passage.

Wilma, a devastating storm in its own right, did not reach as many areas of the state as Irma and affected only 21 counties, he said. "We thought we were going to have to move it to friends' houses who had power".

A short distance away, the scent of decaying seaweed hung heavy in the air as Brooke Gilbert, 15, stood with her younger sister staring at the jumble of concrete and twisted metal left from the three-story condo that was their family's getaway home. "It's a little frustrating for her not to understand why the power is out".

More than 8,000 personnel are working around the clock as part of Georgia Power's statewide restoration effort to restore power for the approximately 55,000 customers who remain without power due to the storm. We work here, and we live here.

Fewer than 363,000 Georgia Power and Electric Member Corp. customers remained without electricity Wednesday night. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.

The ACC Unified Government has set up a non-emergency line to call for information about the hurricane and where to seek shelter. St. Petersburg paramedics and first responders were operating out of the Hotel Indigo as of Tuesday morning because their downtown station was still without power. Sadly, it's no different today. "There are damage assessors who are identifying issues and where", Jacobs of TECO said. Multiple-person teams are putting up poles and transformers.

-Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines - it can kill.

"It's going to take, frankly, a long time to restore", Rivals said.

The Irma blackout is still much smaller than an 2003 outage that put 50 million people in the dark.

Last October, Hurricane Matthew knocked out 1.2 million FPL customers as it skirted Florida's east coast without making landfall.

@GeorgiaPower on Twitter - Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more. "We stocked up on food for the hurricane, and it was starting to go bad".

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