"And to put that in perspective, at the same time where we find ourselves now with (Hurricane) Wilma in 2005, we were at 4 percent".
The outage numbers are declining - power was restored to 38,000 local customers in the past 24 hours - but FPL officials say they are starting some of the toughest work in the restoration process, where work crews can spend hours turning on the lights to a handful of homes.
Destruction was widespread in the Keys, a resort archipelago stretching southwest from the tip of the Florida Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico and connected by a single, narrow highway and a series of bridges and causeways along a almost 100-mile (160-km) route. FEMA Administrator Brock Long explained that "basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way".
Teams in the Field Georgia Power monitored the path of Hurricane Irma for more than a week prior to the storm entering Georgia. "I have no other alternative but to try", said Gail Troxell. The sheriff's office said in a news release that Nancy Eason was fatally injured as the tree pinned the 67-year-old retired court reporter and her husband inside the vehicle. "They belong to my grandmother". "I also want to personally thank our sister operating companies, as well as all utility, public safety and governmental partners who worked together over the past weeks to prepare for and recover from Hurricane Irma". "It is very manual, it is very time consuming, so you may not see the number of outages drop as quickly as in these first three days", he said.
Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting today.
"This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected by this hurricane/tropical storm".
When the lights zapped out at 4:03 p.m., Brazier, 62, thought, certainly, they'd come back on before the worst of Irma hit.
Parts of northern Florida, including Jacksonville, experienced heavy flooding, which will temporarily prevent crews from accessing some areas.
He said his crews have counted 70 broken power poles among the debris.
Gould said "there are pockets where there has been tornado damage, severe flooding, and homes that won't accept power".
Priority is given, Mauldin said, to critical facilities such as hospitals, law enforcement agencies, major thoroughfares, gas stations and grocery stores.
For about one-third of the Sunshine State's population, it was lights out Wednesday night, and two satellite images of Florida show the eerie aftermath of Irma's wrath. The U.S. Coast Guard had provided Scott with a similar view of Key West Monday.
"Here, with Irma, we're actually sending a lot of lineworkers, line contractors and forestry folks, so it's a different type of expertise that we're sending, but we're sending what the utilities need".
Insured property losses in Florida from Irma were expected to run from $20 billion to $40 billion, catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimated. On Monday it weakened to a tropical depression.
And it's still peak hurricane season.
In Naples, near where Irma made its second landfall in southwest Florida after initially striking the Keys, winds reached as high as 142 miles per hour.