Hurricane Irma death toll reaches 82, 1.5 million without power

20 September, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Lights turned on for Henry County after Irma

An electrical worker repairs stop lights the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Naples, Fla., on September 11, 2017.

After one day of restoration, FPL had returned power to 40 percent of the more than 5 million customers who lost it, compared to 4 percent restoration in the same period after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

In Manatee County, about 11,370 are still without power and 121,340 have been restored.

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Utility workers fix high-voltage power lines across from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport in Marathon, Fla., on September 12, 2017. "Thank you for your patience", FPL vice president Robert Gould said Friday afternoon during a news conference in Melbourne.

FPL plans to have power to all customers by Wednesday unless there is an unusual circumstance that is preventing them.

About 300,000 customers remain without power, according to a September 17 statement. Additionally, most customers in Immokalee and Lehigh Acres - the most impacted areas by the hurricane - can expect restoration by September 22. Irma caused extensive damage across the state by knocking down trees that destroyed or damaged homes and knocked down power lines. "But as we often see in tough times, Floridians continue to work together to come back stronger than ever".

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FPL also said power would be restored by Friday.

The suit claims FPL charged $2 to $10 per month that was earmarked to pay for clearing trees near power lines and placing power lines underground. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said.

"Putting your family first, what about all of the other people", said district resident Jacquelin Worrell. "FPL basically, on the back of its customers, [is] financing this company that no one can compete against - it's a monopoly".

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FPL insists that solar customers install a switch on their systems to cleanly cut them off during an emergency and they can not turn it back on. The lawyers also say FPL did not do almost enough to trim trees and keep lines reinforced in the days before Irma hit. "Shutting off power is a last resort, and we would not cut off power to someone because they haven't been able to pay their bill for good reason".

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