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16 Setiembre 2017, 09:54 | Bibiana Flor
10 Percent of Flagler Residents Expected to Lose Power, Millions More Across Florida
The company said it has assembled the largest pre-storm workforce in US history, with more than 16,000 people ready to respond.
ERIC SILAGY: We've never had that many outages.
Floridians who weathered the historic storm must now cope with an unprecedented loss of power: About 15 million people were without electricity across the state, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
"I've had phone calls all day long about nursing homes and assisted living that don't have their power", Gov. Rick Scott said at a press conference Monday.
As residents drifted back from shelters and far-away havens on Tuesday, they saw Irma's scattershot destruction.
The company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the Hurricane Irma restoration process with any changes in these ERTs. Tuesday, the company's website said we should re-report all outages and apologized for the snafu. He explained that FPL does an annual review of priority restoration targets with the local governments of the 35 communities the company serves to identify hospitals, police and fire stations, water treatment plants, 911 call centers and other places where initial fix efforts should focus.
'With these kinds of winds, we are not looking at restoration but actually rebuilding.
The body of a 62-year-old man who climbed a ladder behind his home was found under debris on the roof of his shed in southwest Georgia, where winds topped 40 miles per hour, Worth County sheriff's spokeswoman Kannetha Clem said. His medical machine that supplies continuous oxygen must be plugged in to work. We are going to see a lot of debris that will unfortunately impact the system and we are going to have to do a lot of cleanup'. "There were almost a million customers out Monday night; half of our residential customers were without power, from one end of the state to another". "It's going to take some time to allow people back in their homes, particularly in the Florida Keys".
Clay Electric stated 86% of the county is without power. That's the largest outage in Florida history and one of the country's biggest ever. "The same holds true for hurricanes in Florida", Meyers said.
As the storm weakens as it heads towards Georgia, outages have levelled off or even declined at some Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
Stanley Williams, 59, was crushed Monday when a tree fell on his home in suburban Sandy Springs, said Mark Gilbeau, an investigator for the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.
FPL officials said the utility's two nuclear plants in Florida came through Hurricane Irma with no damage, although FPL says one reactor at its St. Lucie plant on Hutchinson Island remains offline, along with two units at the Turkey Point facility south of Miami.
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Down in the Keys, crews labored to fix United States 1 and residents of the upper islands were allowed to return home. We continue to generate power during the storm. "The minor damage we sustained".
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At least 56 of Florida's 639 nursing homes still have no electricity on Friday morning, five days after Hurricane Irma . He credits their early warnings and quick post-storm response for keeping the statewide death toll relatively low.
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