Schools remain closed through the end of the week.
The company said it estimates it will have power restored to nearly all customers along its east coast service area by the end of the day on September 17 and for customers along the west coast by September 22.
Some 20,000 FPL workers have been laboring to turn the lights back on in the Sunshine State after the storm caused historic widespread damage to the state's power grid, said Rob Gould, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for FPL, during a news conference Tuesday.
"This is the largest restoration army in our company's history, and could be one of the most challenging restorations our country has ever seen".
Garner's comments came a day after eight people who had been living at a Florida nursing home died.
"We know how hard it is to be without power", said FPL Chief Communications Officer Rob Gould.
From here, we fix the infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods, converging on the hardest-hit areas until every customer's power is restored.
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You can see the latest data on Florida power outages here. As of Tuesday morning, power had been restored to about 40 percent of those customers. First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers. But when he checked the FPL site, it showed that his power had been restored and the outage had been fixed.
Restoration in areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding or other pockets of severe damage may take longer, the company said.
FPL made billions of dollars in upgrades since hurricane Wilma in 2005. In addition, with the hurricane carrying such high winds this time around, there are more downed trees and utility lines affecting power repairs.
"Most of the outages we are seeing is a result of debris and vegetation that is blowing into our lines", Gould said. Power to all 112 hospitals served by FPL is also up.
"Then we go after the feeders that feed the most amount of customers along those lines, regardless of whether it's a home or a business", he said.
Mauldin said some of the county's larger neighborhoods had lights and electricity turned back on, while some smaller ones were still without. "That is an issue that, candidly with all the volume we've seen, is somethings know we need to address". Fixes to main distribution lines and restoration of power to critical facilities take priority over some residential neighborhoods.More news: Unemployment rate unchanged from July
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