More than three days after the full brunt of Irma was felt in St. Johns County, 36,000 customers were still without power by Wednesday afternoon. Georgia EMC said it had close to 300,000 customers without power.
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.
Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and into the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in USA history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers.
The death toll from Hurricane Irma was at 82 early on Friday as 1.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power in sweltering heat, five days after the historic storm ripped through southeast U.S.
He said: "Some 6.5 million Floridians, that is 62 per cent of the state, without power at this hour still and we are at the entrance here into really the only entrance way into the Florida Keys".
"As we complete restoration on critical infrastructure facilities and primary power lines, we're moving more and more of our teams into neighborhoods to fix power lines and local transformers in order to bring light back to every community we serve". The company said it had already restored service to almost 1.8 million customers.
"We don't know where that's coming from", Kraft said. She said a crew inspected a broken power pole in the Old Floresta neighborhood near her home.
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More than 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada were involved in the restoration efforts, including those from the affected companies and other utilities, said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group. Never touch any downed or low-hanging wire, including telephone or cable wires that touch a power line.
"We know our customers want service restored as quickly as possible", Orlove said. There were 395 in Jones County and fewer than 10 customers without power in Monroe, Peach, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties, respectively, according to Georgia Power's outage map.
Standing in front of a produce cooler at a reopened Publix grocery store in Naples, Missy Sieber said the worst thing about not having electricity is not having air conditioning.
However, officials at the Florida Department of Health said the facility did not indicate the extent of its problems nor requested assistance in reports to a state monitoring database.
"Doctors are telling me not to move her. Fire officials say we should evacuate".
Sonja Burham, a St. Augustine Resident who uses a breathing machine and has an autistic daughter, had nearly reached her breaking point as she endured her sixth day without power. We're trying to tell customers that they don't need to call us.
"We all went through Matthew, so we have a lot of experience, unfortunately relatively recent experience, in dealing with a hurricane of this magnitude", Dinneen said.
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Eric Silagy, chief executive of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company's history. Less than 600,000 Georgia Power and Electric Member Corp. customers are still without power early Wednesday.