Power outage situation continues to improve in Athens area

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On Tuesday, the company announced that it expected to have the lights back on by the end of the weekend for the east coast.

Millions of people are facing a long, hard road to recovery after Irma's week-long deadly rampage through the Caribbean and southeastern United States. "People need to understand this is going to take perhaps weeks, not days in some areas", Fanning said.

- The Division of Animal Industry is coordinating with neighboring states and federal officials to have veterinary teams on standby for after the storm.

When Hurricane Irma blew through Georgia, it did a number on the state's power grid, knocking trees into power lines and leaving many Georgians in the dark.

The company said it has assembled the largest pre-storm workforce in USA history, with more than 16,000 people ready to respond. "In affected areas, where conditions are safe enough, crews will continue to evaluate the damage and restore power as quickly as possible".

Almost all Clay Electric customers in Baker County are without power Tuesday morning, and 1,948 FPL customers remain affected by outages.

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For beyond individual convenience, the performance of this utility- granted a monopoly in 35 Florida counties - greatly matters to our state's economy. "I cooked a frozen pizza because it was about to go bad", he said, referring to his experience during Wilma.

In Georgia, utilities reported nearly 390,000 customers without power. If you were outside across parts of north Georgia and Alabama. As of Tuesday afternoon, that number had decreased to 3.4 million. "Downed power lines have separate crews because those are the most urgent". As of Monday evening, 54 hospitals were operating on backup generators, according to data reported to the Florida Department of Health.

BOOKER: Other utilities across the state are working to restore power, too.

Help is coming from as far away as Canada.

The best information we've gotten goes like this. "Florida's peninsula is only approximately 160 miles wide and this storm stretches more than 300 miles, so we expect storm surge and tropical storm-force winds or higher across our entire service territory". The deaths occur after the storm has ended but if there are power outages.

"We face a long and challenging road ahead", Duke said during a news conference.

Neither is FPL's "Power Tracker" much help in tracking when we might see power again.

As of noon Thursday, Garner said FPL had restored service to 70 percent of its three million South Florida customers.

Power trucks and workers head out from Derby Lane, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, into Pinellas County to restore power after Hurricane Irma. The southern nuclear plant, Turkey Point near Homestead, took a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago and sustained no damage.

The expenses for these efforts include not only pay for hours worked and overtime earned by the restoration workers, but also the cost of lodging, food, transportation, logistics, equipment, and other needs for out-of town employees.

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