More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

A broken distribution pole in Decatur Georgia following Hurricane Irma

FPL, which serves almost 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22.

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane on Thursday, praising first-responders for their role in limiting the loss of life.

A quarter of Florida's residents are still without electricity after Hurricane Irma wrecked the state's power grid. JEA reported 1,287 households without power, down from a peak of 12,904.

Latest Power Outage Data can be found here.

More than 10,000 remain in over 100 shelters across the state.

Tree damage in Wrens Georgia following Hurricane Irma
More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

While power has been restored to many since the disaster, a few customers may be without electricity for weeks before the utilities fix the most damaged parts of the system, Reuters reports.

Use FPL's Power Tracker and Peace River Electric Cooperative's Outage Map to see what areas are still without power. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 22. They expect to restore power to essentially all customers by Sunday night, though they concede customers with more complex damage may take longer to restore.

FPL, like other utilities, follows a plan to restore power to the largest number of customers as quickly as possible. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida.

FPL estimates it will "essentially" restore power to all its West Coast customers by September 22, according to a news release. It made landfall at Marco Island as a Category 3 that afternoon, and headed up the state, leaving almost 2 million people without power, according to Florida Power & Light.

"We apologize for the confusion to our customers, but no utility in Florida reimburses customers for lost food from a hurricane", Fraga said.


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