17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

A broken distribution pole in Decatur Georgia following Hurricane Irma

In Miami-Dade County, 277,000 utility customers remained without power. As of 11 a.m. Friday, 1.8 million customers were without power.

Latest Power Outage Data can be found here.

Utilities in the U.S. Southeast returned power to nearly half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving about 4.3 million customers in the dark as of midday Wednesday, in one of the biggest restoration efforts in U.S. history. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock.

The deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills stirred outrage at what many saw as a preventable tragedy, and heightened concerns about the vulnerability of the state's large elderly population amid widespread, lingering power outages.

Tree damage in Wrens Georgia following Hurricane Irma
17 percent of Manatee County waiting for power after Irma

An online form on FPL's website started making the rounds on social media Friday promising customers could file a $200 claim for food that spoiled during power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. They expect to restore power to essentially all customers by Sunday night, though they concede customers with more complex damage may take longer to restore.

"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.

Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight September 17. It's very manual, it's very time consuming, so you may not see the number of outages drop as quickly as we've seen in these first three days.

Tens of thousands of customers in Pinellas County on the state's west coast still don't have electricity as well. It made landfall at Marco Island as a Category 3 that afternoon, and headed up the state, leaving almost 2 million people without power, according to Florida Power & Light.

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