Hurricane Irma has already left millions without power across southern Florida, and outage reports continue to pour in across the state as the mega-storm approaches Tampa Bay.
Florida Power & Light Company, which services about 10 million customers in the state of 20 million residents, reported about 1.8 million of their customers had lost power as of Sunday afternoon, with nearly half of those reports coming from Miami-Dade County. The Palm Beach Post reported early Monday morning that 3.64 million FPL accounts had lost power.
Click here to view an interactive map of FPL outages*
*Note: FPL’s interactive outage map was down as of Monday 8 a.m. EDT.
Duke Energy, another large utility provider in the state with service areas concentrated in North-Central Florida and the panhandle, is reporting minor power outages in about 20 counties, with the majority of outages concentrated in the areas surrounding Tampa on the West, and Gainesville and Ocala in central Florida.
Click here to view the outage map for the Jacksonville Electric Authority
*Note: JEA’s interactive outage map was down as of Monday 8 a.m. EDT.
Ground crews are already working to restore power in affected areas despite the poor weather conditions: “We are restoring power where we can get out between feeder bands,” FPL Chief Communications Officer Rob Gould told USA Today on Sunday.
The company reported that it had already restored power to 400,000 customers over the weekend.
An estimated 17,000 workers from Canada and from out-of-state utility companies have gathered in Florida. Officials anticipate that significant restoration projects will need to be undertaken in order to repair the damage that Irma has inflicted on the electrical grid. Repairs are slated to begin at maximum capacity across the state as soon as winds drop below 35 mph and floodwaters have receded to safe levels.
To report a power outage in Florida, locate the contact information for your provider on the state Public Service Commission’s website.