Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

Death Toll Climbs, Power Being Restored to Impacted Areas

Four days after facing Hurricane Irma's impact, hundreds of thousands of people in South Florida are still without power. As of 11 a.m. Friday, 1.8 million customers were without power.

State numbers showed outages for about 2.2 million customer accounts, with Florida Power & Light - by far the state's largest utility - accounting for about 1.27 million of that total.

You can see the latest data on Florida power outages here.

FPL said after repairing any damage to its power plants and the lines that carry electricity from the generating facilities, the company next restores "critical facilities", like hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters.

An online form on FPL's website started making the rounds on social media Friday promising customers could file a $200 claim for food that spoiled during power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. The company said it estimates it will have power restored to nearly all customers along its east coast service area by the end of the day on September 17 and for customers along the west coast by September 22. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida.

"We know it is hard to lose food after an outage". He held calls with utility companies and directed the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to provide law enforcement escorts to utility vehicles to ensure that they can quickly and safely reach communities still in need. "We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives".

"Our restoration team, comprised of more than 21,500 men and women from almost 30 states and Canada, is making steady progress every hour across 27,000 square miles of territory impacted by Irma, and we continue to bring thousands of customers back on each and every day".

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