Duke Energy has announced the following power restoration times for specific areas in Florida following the damage from Hurricane Irma:
- By midnight Friday, Sept. 15: The western portion of its service area. This includes Pinellas and Pasco counties
- By midnight Sunday, Sept. 17: central and northern portions of the service area. This includes Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, and Wakullacounties.
- Restoration in the severely impacted areas of Hardee and Highlands County may extend beyond Sunday due to rebuilding the electrical system that suffered significant damage in those areas.
“Our crews are focused on restoring the largest amount of customers each day and that means some customers will see their service restored much earlier,” said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida president. “As crews respond to make repairs and restore service, specific estimated times of restoration will be updated for individual areas and customers. We have a workforce of more than 12,000 committed to this restoration effort. We are not stopping until the job is complete.”
Currently, the company has restored power to more than 375,000 customers. However, It is currently reporting an estimated 1 million customers are without power as of mid-day Tuesday. Crews will continue to work non-stop to safely and quickly restore service.