Maugerville power company helps restore service in Irma-hit Florida

Maugerville power company helps restore service in Irma-hit Florida

Maugerville power company helps restore service in Irma-hit Florida

NextEra Energy Inc's FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, has said it expects to restore power to essentially all customers in the hard-hit western part of its territory by September 22. "All fines imposed to FPL would be donated to charity for Hurricane Irma disaster relief".

According to WLRN, Florida Power & Light spokesperson Rob Gould said by Sunday night, nearly all of the eastern half of the state should have power restored, although for the western side, it could take until Sept 22.

There are still about 76,713 Duke Energy customers without power statewide, but that number is down from 107,457 on Monday. "The issue is the wind toppling trees into our power lines and not only taking down lines but poles as well".

"We know patience has worn thin", said FPL CEO Eric Silagy. Georgia Power expects power to be restored in most places in the county by Friday at 10 p.m.

FPL originally said all of its customers on the east side of the state would have power back by Sunday night.

During Wilma, 3.24 of FPL's then-4.3 million customers (about 75 percent) lost power, many for more than two weeks.

Georgia Power will not refuse to reconnect service to customers impacted by Hurricane Irma due to a past due bill and demand payment prior to reconnection.

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By Sept. 19, most power in the areas of North Fort Myers, Pine Island, St. James City, Bokeelia, Useppa, Sanibel, Captiva, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Goodland, and Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Miles City, Monroe Station, Port of the Islands are expected to be essentially restored.

The state estimates that there are 2,501 to 5,000 claims each from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, with more specific numbers unavailable.

In an update from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, insurance companies have received 372,281 claims for an estimated $2.1 billion in Irma-related damage. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said.

"We do understand the hardships that people are going through, especially after Hurricane Irma", he said.

FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities.

"Our customers are angry and frustrated that we could not provide them better information".

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