The NextEra Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of Florida Power & Light Company and its parent, NextEra Energy, Inc., today announced it is donating $1 million to the Florida Disaster Fund to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Including the nursing home deaths, at least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed.
FPL committed to restore power to all of its East Coast customers by the end of Sunday.
The company addressed the error via Twitter on Friday afternoon. Owner Ralph Marrinson said all five of his Florida facilities lost electricity after Irma. "We're both in our mid-70s". We work here, and we live here. "We hoped to come inside and cool off a little bit".
FPL, which serves almost five million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by September 22. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 22.
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Tampa Electric has restored power to the 730,000 customers affected by the storm. "How your home and your family functions, power isn't something that you can mess around with", she said. In addition to Florida, they hail from Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Tens of thousands of customers in southwest Florida and south Florida remain without electricity.
Messages on social media circulating on Friday indicated that the company was going to reimburse residents that had to throw out food spoiled after the power outages.
For example, from 8 a.m.to 10.a.m.in Sarasota, 160 additional people were reported without power.
"We have an army on it, working day and night to get the lights back on after this truly unprecedented storm", he said. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.
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Orlove disputed complaints from some customers who say they aren't seeing restoration work in their neighborhoods.
"Just because you don't see a crew near you doesn't mean they are not working", Mauldin said.
Stay far away from downed power lines, flooding and debris; lines could be energized and unsafe. "They may be working on a road a couple of miles away where the issue is".
Irma also continues to affect the region's cellphone service, which can be a critical link in reporting emergencies and keeping in touch with family.
At least 34 people have died in the US under Irma-related circumstances, the vast majority in Florida. In Broward, 651,180, or 82 percent had been restored; in Miami-Dade, the figure was 783,075, or 77 percent.
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"At a time when many residents of Florida have relocated from their homes, access to wireless communications is particularly important", they wrote.