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LCEC, FPL reports on power outages

September 22, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Electric Cooperative and Florida Power & Light Company have released the following updates regarding power outages following Hurricane Irma.


Power has been restored to 97 percent of LCEC customers in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Broward counties, officials said today.

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FPL (9/22/17)

More than 1,000 team members continue to work around-the-clock, toward the goal of restoring power to all customers. As of this morning, power restored had been restored to 208,000 customers, with 7,000 customers still without power.

The restoration plan continues to work as it was designed: restore power to the largest number of customers within days of Hurricane Irma passing; rebuild the system in the most impacted areas; and then restore power to neighborhoods and focus on smaller pockets, individual services and more remote areas.

If customers are the only one in their area without power and they have not reported it, they should contact the LCEC automated phone line at 239-656-2300.

"It is difficult for utilities to predict an exact restoration time for customers without power during the final stage of restoration because each location is unique. Outages are spread throughout the 8,000 miles of power lines that LCEC operates and maintains," LCEC spokeswoman Karen Ryan said. "Five hundred LCEC and out-of-state crews, and the restoration team that supports them, will continue to address each outage until power to all customers has been restored."


No overall update from FPL was available for today or for Sept. 21.

According to FPL's Power Tracker, however, power had been restored to 259,350 customers in Lee County as of about noon today, with 550 customers still without power.



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