17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

A broken distribution pole in Decatur Georgia following Hurricane Irma

A broken distribution pole in Decatur Georgia following Hurricane Irma

While power has been restored to many since the disaster, a few customers may be without electricity for weeks before the utilities fix the most damaged parts of the system, Reuters reports.

The total number of customers, representing about 12 million people, dipped from a peak of more than 7.4 million customers, or about 15 million people, late on Monday.

More than 3 million people in Florida and Georgia remain without power days after Hurricane Irma unleashed its fury on the states. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 22.

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According to St. Johns County, Florida Power & Light (FPL) and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout the county.

FPL, like other utilities, follows a plan to restore power to the largest number of customers as quickly as possible. Among the damage, the company said, were more than 1,000 power poles, 2,000 trees and 350 transformers.

UPDATE: Tampa Electric has updated the percentage restored to 94.4%.

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You may not see the FPL trucks in your neighborhood, but Florida Power and Light says they are near and working to get your power back on, but there is no specific information as to how soon any community may get its lights back on.

"We know it is hard to lose food after an outage".

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the main utilities company for Florida Gators, have been very successful in their restoration efforts.

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In Sarasota County, 23 percent of customers - 59,600 FPL customers and four cooperative customers - were waiting for power to be restored as of 9 a.m.

Gov. Scott hosted President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday in Fort Myers. "We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives".

Tens of thousands of customers in Pinellas County on the state's west coast still don't have electricity as well.

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