TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Crews have been working round the clock to restore power to homes and businesses in the Tampa Bay area. It’s a massive and difficult undertaking with crews working long hours in the hot Florida sunshine.
We have good news to report, crews are almost finished. As of Friday morning, there are only 301,424 homes without power. That’s down from the 1.1 million outages reported after Hurricane Irma hit our area.
Here’s a look at the power outage totals:
TECO reports that as of Friday morning, it has restored power to more than 90 percent of customers impacted by Huricane Irma.
“We are in the home stretch,” said Gordon Gillette, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. “Restoring the remaining customers will be slower and more difficult because the damage is extensive and requires some rebuilding. We will not stop until all our customers are restored.”
Tampa Electric expects to restore power to all customers by Sunday night. Some customers with more complex damage may take longer to restore.
- In the Tampa Bay area 39,120 TECO customers are without power (94.6% of customers have power)
Duke Energy has crossed the 1 million mark for customers restored in Florida.
Duke Energy has put out a list of updated county-by-county estimated restoration times:
Western portion of service areas, including Pasco and Pinellas Counties, should be restored by midnight on Friday.
Central and northern areas, including Citrus, Hernando and Polk Counties, should be restored by midnight on Sunday.
- Pinellas County – – 88,627 without power, Estimated restoration time: Sep. 15 at midnight
- Pasco County – – 21,273 without power. Estimated restoration time: Sep 15 at midnight
- Polk County – 13,749 without power. Estimated restoration time
- Citrus County – – 6,982 without power. Estimated restoration time: Sep 17 at midnight
- Hernando County – 1,720 without power. Estimated restoration time: Sep 17 at midnight
- Hillsborough County – 4 without power. Estimated restoration time: Sep 17 at midnight
Florida Power and Light estimates it will have power restored to all east coast customers by the end of the day on Sept. 17 and for customers on the west coast by the end of the day on Sept. 22, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other pockets of severe damage.
- Manatee County – 34,970 without power
- Sarasota County – 59,600 without power
- Hardee County – 0 without power
- De Soto County – 5,190 without power
- Highlands County – 110 without power
- 10,442 without power (8% of customers)
Withlacoochee River Electric
- Citrus County – 3,874 without power
- Hernando County – 3,826 without power
- Pasco County – 5,913 without power
- Polk County – 536 without power
- Sumter County – 188 without power
Peace River Electric Cooperative
- Highlands – 244 without power
- Hillsborough – 16 without power
- Manatee – 276 without power
- Polk – 4,760 without power
- Sarasota – 4 without power
Here are the numbers to call to report a power outage:
- Duke- 1-800-228-8485
- TECO- 1-877-588-1010
- FPL- 1-800-4-OUTAGE
- Lakeland Electric- 1-863-834-4248
- Withlacoochee River Electric- 352-567-5133
- Peace River Electric Cooperative- 1-800-282-3824
TECO says customers can monitor and track outages in their neighborhood through the outage map here.
Duke Energy customers can check outages here.
Withlacoochee River Electric customers can check outages here.
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