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.
Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell is at the center of controversy after she was accused of urging an FPL official to restore power to her immediate family before her constituents after Hurricane Irma hit the area.
Utility workers fix high-voltage power lines across from the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport in Marathon, Fla., on September 12, 2017.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday in Broward County, 3,600 were reporting outages, of 933,300 accounts, and Palm Beach County was essentially restored, with just 60 outages, according to FPL.
He said text messages from Campbell's phone show that she contacted FPL on behalf of other people as well.
About 300,000 customers remain without power, according to a September 17 statement. In a news release on its corporate website, Georgia Power reported that 940,000 of them had been restored by noon Friday.
Duke announced a self-imposed deadline of midnight Friday to restore power to thousands of customers, the Tampa Bay Times reports, but the utility missed the mark for many, sowing discontent in the sweltering post-storm heat.
8,000+ personnel working to restore power in Georgia. Albany substation
The company is on target to restore power to all by Wednesday, McDermitt said, except in areas with flooding or extensive wind damage.
The state estimates that there are 2,501 to 5,000 claims each from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties, with more specific numbers unavailable.
The utility estimated Irma damage included almost 1,500 broken or damaged power poles, 2,400 fallen trees, 450 damaged transformers, and more than 6,000 spans of wire totaling almost 230 miles.
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.
"We do understand the hardships that people are going through, especially after Hurricane Irma", he said.
When asked by News 6 how customers could be wrongly told their power was restored, Gould answered, "It's a frustration that we have heard and we are keenly aware of it".
"Our customers are angry and frustrated that we could not provide them better information".