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17 September 2017

Florida Power & Light's failed customer communications system is making hundreds of thousands of unlucky customers in South Florida even hotter than the lack of A/C.

FPL committed to restore power to all of its East Coast customers by the end of Sunday.

FPL estimates that it will have restored power to essentially all of its customers along the East Coast service territory by the end of this coming weekend, and for its customers along its West Coast service territory by end of day September 22, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other sections of severe damage.

"We do appreciate the effort FPL made in being here in full force all week", Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said. "Like many Floridians, many of our employees have been impacted personally by Irma's wrath, and every day in the field we see fellow Floridians whose homes and businesses were damaged and lives uprooted by this brutal force of nature". Videographer Bruce Nix and producer Joe Allen captured their work and the appreciation of the customers restored there.

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Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones. CEO Jacob Solomon said the group encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now they're focused on helping them in their homes.

For example, oak trees and five power poles went down near the intersection of 8th Street and Old Dixie Highway, south of Vero Beach.

"The people who were working there worked hard to make a good outcome for our patients", she said. "One street or condo may have power and the next may not". Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

"I was on the street this morning and a good numerous shutters have been removed, window washers are out and clean up has begun", she said in an email.

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Tampa Electric said in a statement their crews have restored power to more than 90% of the 750,000 customers impacted by the storm.

While that is down to one-fifth of Florida Power & Light Co.'s customer base here, frustration is mounting.

Almost 700 crew members are working to restore power in Sarasota and Manatee counties, said FPL spokesman Bill Orlove. "We have mobilized the largest restoration force in USA history and you have our firm commitment that we won't stop working until every last customer's lights are back on". "Hitting the ground running is certainly crucial". The Red Cross is opening four shelters in the Florida Keys. Most of those deaths were the result of either medical issues as they prepared for the storm or carbon monoxide poisoning. "You have our commitment we will not rest until everyone has their power back".

Power to a few homes was held up because homeowners first needed to do electrical repairs to their home, Fletcher said.

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Georgia Power warns of scam