Irma Death Toll at 82 as 1.5m Without Power


More than 20,000 restoration workers from 30 states and Canada are in Florida helping FPL restore power in what Gould called one of the most complex restoration efforts ever.

FPL estimates that it will have restored power to essentially all of its customers along the East Coast service territory by the end of this coming weekend, and for its customers along its West Coast service territory by end of day September 22, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other sections of severe damage.

Power is expected to be restored to most of the state's west coast customers by the end of the day September 22, excluding the aforementioned exceptions.

FPL is restoring power according to its detailed plan, which includes generation facilities going back on line first which restores power to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, police stations and 911 services, then they restore feeders which feeds the largest amount of customers along those lines and then come the smaller lines into individual neighborhoods. So far, power supply has been restored to 1.1 million affected users, according to the company.

Damaging winds from Irma have left many in the Peach State without power since Monday.

As a result, many residential customers had to wait two or three days, or more, before their power was restored.

"Virtually all of our facilities in the area are on generator power because commercial power has not yet been restored", said spokeswoman Mindy Kramer. FPL said it is on track to end the restoration period Sunday. FPL will provide estimated times of restoration through the media, Facebook, Twitter and

Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

Customers are also encouraged to remain aware that that risky conditions continue to exist across Georgia following Hurricane Irma. Do not attempt to remove or trim foliage within 10 feet of a power line. More than 3 million have their power back, Garner said, and about 1.4 million are still in the dark.