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More than 80 percent in Florida have power back

16 September, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Joan Malone
  • After Irma, Florida's Smart Grid Needs the Longest and Most Complex Restoration in US History

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.

The eight elderly patients who died at a Broward County nursing home have not yet been included in the death toll. Lee County had the second-highest total, with about 267,000, the state numbers show.

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.

Meanwhile, recovery efforts from Irma continue across the state.

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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. That number is almost a million fewer than Thursday morning. On Monday, when Florida was at the height of the power outages, 6.7 million accounts were impacted. But those hoping to get their money back from Florida Power and Light are out of luck.

About 150 of Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities do not have power restored, according to the Florida Health Care Association, an advocacy group representing facilities statewide.

More than 10,000 remain in over 100 shelters across the state. Crews are still working to restore power for the remaining 28 percent of customers impacted by the storm. Officials are holding daily calls with those facilities to make sure they have everything they need to care for their residents.

Irma rampaged through the Caribbean, devastating several islands and raking the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km/h).

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