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With 7.4 million without power, utility workers get respect

With 7.4 million without power, utility workers get respect

Almost 65% of utility customers in Florida, or 6.7 million, were without power Monday evening as Irma passed over the northern part of state and into Georgia as a tropical storm, the state's disaster agency said. "The biggest thing we've got to do for people is get their power back".

Power is expected to be restored to most of the state's west coast customers by the end of the day September 22, excluding the aforementioned exceptions.

Duke Energy outages totaled 1.2 million in Florida, with almost 100,000 customers restored in the early stages by midday Monday, the company said.

Energy companies around Florida are making progress in restoring power to the millions of homes and businesses that went dark after Hurricane Irma. "I can promise you that we will not stop working until the lights are back on for every single customer", said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. "But what's important for customers to know is that we know where the outages are within our system".

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The army of workers supporting power restoration from Irma, including workers from affected companies, as well as mutual assistance crews, contractors, and other support personnel, have been aided in part by recent investments utilities have made in energy grid technology and automation.

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, had warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas.

"Our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to assess damage to our system and restore power", Orlando Utilities Company said in a statement on its website.

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

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In the mountains and upstate areas of the two states, Duke Energy said, people shouldn't expect to have power restored until 11 p.m. on Friday.

Florida Power & Light, which provides power to an estimated 4.9 million accounts across the state, had about 3.6 million outages as of Monday morning, according to S&P Global Platts.

Following Hurricane Irma, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, affected utility companies have launched large-scale efforts to assess damage caused by the storm and restore power to customers.

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