Millions of people in Florida and other southeastern states lost power due to Irma, making the hurricane the worst weather-related power outage in USA history. I don't say that lightly, many of our own employees and their families are still without power.
Authorities in Jacksonville, in northeast Florida, declared a flash flood emergency, as unsafe storm surge overwhelmed parts of downtown and other areas. Her kids, 6 and 9, have been out of school since Tropical Storm Irma hit on Monday.
Georgia Power must wait until conditions are safe for damage assessment teams to enter the field and begin the restoration process, followed by fix crews, which could take several days, if not weeks, depending on the amount of damage and safe access to the area.
Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee on Sunday, the White House said, as Hurricane Irma's path moved away from the lower Florida Keys westward to the Gulf Coast and states to the north.
More than 20,000 utilities workers from 30 states and Canada stationed at almost 30 staging sites across the state are assessing damage and restoring power. She said customers would likely see trucks passing through their neighborhoods to take stock before fix crews are sent in. In contrast, we expect our electric system along Florida's East Coast will require more traditional repairs.
Central Georgia EMC has restored service to 92 percent of its outages since Monday.
Georgia Power reminds customers that damage to the meter box, or other component the utility company is not responsible for, must be fixed before service can be reconnected.
In many instances, homes on the same street are served by different main power lines and even different substations.
Florida Power & Light is working "hard" to keep pace with a flood of customer questions about power restoration after Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane warnings are in place for most of the Florida Peninsula. "Our crews are up to the challenging work ahead, including rebuilding where necessary". Hospitals and airports are still struggling to get back online, and the earliest that power might be restored is ten days from now according to Florida Power & Light.
For Manatee County, that means almost 22,260 customers were still waiting for the lights to come back on, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
As of noon Friday, Georgia Power has restored power to 940,000 customers impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Appalachian Power was sending about 400 workers from its coverage areas in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee to both Georgia and Florida.
The most extensive damage was likely in the Naples area, but a full assessment was ongoing.
As residents began to check out their homes, authorities warned of downed power lines, raw sewage in floodwaters and - this being Florida - displaced wildlife like snakes and alligators.
Lingering outages in Middleburg, Lakeside and Orange Park have left over 36,000 Clay Electric customers in Clay County without power. As weather conditions improve, restoration efforts will accelerate, but it could take an extended period of time for all customers to be restored due to the vast damage from Hurricane Irma.
Utility officials, while noting that people are frustrated, said they are getting power back on faster than they did after Hurricane Wilma hit the state 12 years ago.