Power outages in Broward unrelated to Hurricane Irma, FPL says

Power outages in Broward unrelated to Hurricane Irma, FPL says

Lehigh Acres, Immokalee, and Everglades City and surrounding areas - are without power this morning. About 500 crews are still working to restore power.

More than 97 percent of residents impacted by the hurricane have had their service restored, according to the release.

With most customers essentially restored, the remaining isolated outages are the toughest. Once these more time-intensive repairs are completed, customers can expect a quick closing in of the fuse at their location and power.

"I can not thank our customers enough for their patience, support and understanding, particularly those who were without power the longest", said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. The rest of the power outages are customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on September 10 and September 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

"I can say with confidence that it's not related to Hurricane Irma", he said.

Friday is the day LCEC said the majority of their customers would be up and running by the end of the day. "We are inspired by the spirit and determination of all Floridians during this hard time, and are confident that the areas most impacted by Irma will recover stronger than ever".

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