Alabama Power busy helping neighbors in Georgia after massive Irma outages

Alabama Power busy helping neighbors in Georgia after massive Irma outages

There were 477 Tri-County EMC members waiting to have their power restored on Saturday morning, including 265 in Jones, 112 in Baldwin, 83 in Putnam County, 16 in Twiggs and one in Wilkinson. It meant refrigerators unable to cool milk and freezers unable to chill chicken.

Immediately after a storm, we know if main power lines have been damaged.

Utility companies made progress, restoring power to some people.

"Over the past few days, I have seen firsthand how Hurricane Irma has impacted our communities, and I know from talking with these families that power restoration is the number one thing they need to start the recovery process", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. As of 9 p.m. Thursday, Alabama Power's sister company had restored power to 920,000 customers. "One street or condo may have power and the next may not". Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service.

"It all has to do with the type of damage they're facing in their neighborhood".

Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in Florida, sustained heavy damage to its transmission systems, the high-voltage network of lines that deliver electricity from the power plants.

Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas said there were a dozen vehicles on the side of the road on Tuesday with residents sleeping in their cars as they waited to be allowed to return home.

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Temperatures are expected to approach 90 degrees in South Florida by Friday.

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Florida was not alone. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock.

In Jacksonville, the city tucked along Florida's northeast coast that sustained historic flooding as the St. Johns River swelled, the sheriff's office said Tuesday mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted. The center said it was informed that service would soon be fixed.

"It's miserably hot", she said.

That was the grateful mantra on the lips of many who surveyed the damage in the mainland United States. Neither have the eight reported fatalities in the Florida Keys. Lawrenceville is in northern Georgia while Bartow is in central Florida. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean, according to the Associated Press.

◦No trimming should be done near a power line. "We'll get their lights back on as quickly as we can", Clay Electric spokesman Derick Thomas said. "That said, we train for this year-round and we are better prepared for hurricanes now than at any time in our company's history". But there were no immediate plans underway to move people from the island chain.

◦Keep generators well away from open windows to prevent unsafe fumes from entering your home or a neighbor's home.

In St. Petersburg on the west coast, Marilyn Miller awoke at 1:30 a.m. Monday to a pitch-black house.

"It makes you count your blessings", she said. First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.

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