17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after 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.

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

Florida Power & Light Company said Thursday that power had been restored to 97 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure, including all hospitals, emergency operations centers, air and seaports, correctional facilities and active military installations in its service area. JEA reported 1,287 households without power, down from a peak of 12,904.

Duke Energy Florida had about 371,000 outages, while electric cooperatives had more than 323,000.

"Over the past few days, I have seen firsthand how Hurricane Irma has impacted our communities, and I know from talking with these families that power restoration is the number one thing they need to start the recovery process", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement.

FPL, like other utilities, follows a plan to restore power to the largest number of customers as quickly as possible.

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UPDATE: Tampa Electric has updated the percentage restored to 94.4%.

"The data that you're asking for is not something that's as granular as we have at this stage in the restoration".

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the main utilities company for Florida Gators, have been very successful in their restoration efforts.

In Miami-Dade County, 277,000 utility customers remained without power. 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.

Tens of thousands of customers in Pinellas County on the state's west coast still don't have electricity as well.