Almost 500 workers from MidAmerican and Alliant heading to Florida

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

The Edison Electric Institute, a national trade association of energy providers, says almost 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada are involved in the effort to restore power following Hurricane Irma. The remaining 600,000 will have power back up by Sunday.

From there, they will be dispatched to the hardest hit areas to help restore power in the region.

South Florida continues to be where the most people were without power by Tuesday evening.

Pinellas was among the three worst with as many as 423,000 without power at noon, but that has dropped to 338,000, 61 percent of the county by the evening report.

By the end of Sunday, Duke said power should be restored to "essentially all" customers in Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia and Wakulla counties.

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Duke Energy Florida owns and operates a diverse generation mix, including renewables, providing about 8,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.8 million customers in a 13,000-square-mile service area.

More than 80 CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel are heading East Monday morning to assist a fellow utility with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma.

The St. Petersburg-based company's fix timelines Tuesday came after Florida Power & Light set a September 22 deadline for restoring power in areas such as Southwest Florida and hard-hit Monroe County. "We are not stopping until the job is complete". As of Tuesday afternoon, most of the outages within Laurens Electric Cooperative's service area were in Laurens County.

More than 18,000 customers in the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative service area were without power as of 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Tampa Electric said power had already been restored to about 20 percent of its customers who had been impacted.

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