Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Georgia Power warns customers of Hurricane Irma scams

Georgia Power warns customers of Hurricane Irma scams

At least six residents died at a nursing home in Broward County, Florida, that was reportedly without air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to portions of the county and large areas of the state, officials said Wednesday morning. 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.

High traffic volumes because of the number of customers seeking information about getting power restored to their homes was likely to blame, the company told the newspaper. Georgia Power originally estimated that 95 percent of affected customers would be reconnected by Sunday evening.

"This is the first real test of the grid following our significant investments and, so far, we are encouraged by what we're seeing", said Silagy. "Thank you for your continued patience, and rest assured, we will get your power restored".

Those without power were welcome to visit town facilities for air-conditioning, wireless internet and to charge their mobile phones. The center said it plans to the fight the state's efforts to shut it down.

Neighborhoods or streets still without power were scattered through the North End, Midtown and South End, Boodheshwar said. "It is just senseless", she said.

Ellie Pina - a daughter of one of the nursing home patients - told CNN she was anxious something like this would happen and that she spent "the whole day" on Tuesday calling the power company to alert it about the life-threatening situation.

FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017
FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017

"I was on the street this morning and a good numerous shutters have been removed, window washers are out and clean up has begun", she said in an email.

"The destruction from Hurricane Irma was unprecedented across Georgia, and throughout the Southeast, and I'm extremely proud of and thankful for the work and dedication of our teams to restore service to almost all impacted customers ahead of schedule", said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. The shifts are grueling: 12-to-16 hours, seven days a week.

As Georgia Power completes its restoration efforts, it will continue to work with and offer assistance to other utility providers, such as cities and EMCs, which may require additional resources for local power restoration. "Hitting the ground running is certainly crucial".

Over the last 11 years, FPL has invested almost $3 billion to make the energy grid smarter, stronger and more storm-resilient.

"We know that our customers want their lives to get back to normal - and electricity is a key part of that", said Gordon Gillette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric.

With Irma, the poles seemed to hold up well against the wind, he said. Never pull tree limbs off power lines yourself or enter areas with debris, downed trees or standing water as downed power lines may be buried in wreckage.

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