1.1 million in Florida still without power after Hurricane Irma

More than 2.1 million customers have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma striking the state

Dave Stroshein unloads meat from his freezer to take with him before it goes bad at his home in Citrus Park in Bonita Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, three days after Hurricane Irma. On Monday, when Florida was at the height of the power outages, 6.7 million accounts were impacted.

As of noon Friday, Georgia Power has restored power to 940,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. Gone were the climate-controlled bubbles people relied on in Florida's sweltering heat and humidity.

Duke said it expects to restore service to most of its customers by midnight September 17.In coming days, temperatures are forecast to reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) in Miami, the high 80s F (low 30s C) in Jacksonville and the mid-80s F (around 30 C) F in Atlanta, according to meteorologists at AccuWeather.Irma hit southwestern Florida Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, the second most severe on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. At one point, the Department of Homeland Security said, about 15 million Floridians - an astonishing three out of four residents - lacked power.

Meanwhile, relief efforts remain ongoing for residents of the Keys who did not evacuate.

What she didn't expect, she said, was the possibility that the blackout could last for days. Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting for full power Thursday, a number that had dropped almost 20 from the previous day, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Governor Rick Scott informed reporters that the work is in progress. "We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives".

The Irma blackout is still much smaller than a 2003 outage that put 50 million people in the dark. "Given the size and strength, infrastructure systems will need to be rebuilt completely in some parts of Florida".

Florida Power and Light (FPL), the state's largest utilities company, said they've been able to restore power 4:1 faster than in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma in 2004.

Outage Map - Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said 1.1 million people in the state were still without power.

The utilities said the storm was unusually destructive because it hit all areas of the state.

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About 20,000 FPL employees have been working to restore service, the Naples Daily News reported. Others steeled themselves for an extended period without electricity.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning.

"It's miserably hot", she said.

Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. The forecast for the coming week in Naples and Miami, for instance, calls for highs in the upper 80s (lower 30s Celsius) and lows barely falling below 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius). By that afternoon, five more had died.

Gov. Nathan Deal planned to tour storm-damaged areas of northern and coastal Georgia on Thursday.

Officials said up to a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed.

With Irma, the poles seemed to hold up well against the wind, he said.

Irma followed Texas' Hurricane Harvey, which created widespread outages.

Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. Many of those were homes and businesses that will have to undergo repairs before they are ready to receive electricity again. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do".

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