The fact that power was restored quicker during Irma than Wilma does not deserve praise; we have set the bar far too low for FPL's performance.
An electrical worker repairs stop lights the morning after Hurricane Irma swept through Naples, Fla., on September 11, 2017.
A week after Hurricane Irma tore through Florida leaving 6.7 million electric customers without power, fewer than half a million homes and businesses remain without power.
An FPL spokesman said there is a process in place for restoring residential power, adding elected officials do not receive a priority.
Nearly 1 million of the Atlanta utility's customers lost power during Monday's storm.
The biggest challenge was clearing debris after huge trees toppled onto power lines, creating a challenging situation for crews going neighborhood to neighborhood.
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"(Irma) affected the whole state so you know I think (FPL workers) did as well as could be expected", Lynn Strickland said.
She said they're hoping to have power restored in Miami-Dade and Broward counties by Tuesday night. In Northeast Florida counties, including Flagler County north through Nassau County, FPL said it was on track to restore power today and tomorrow. K-Line Construction based out of Woodstock also sent crews to the St. Petersburg area.
In Southwest Florida, where the utility's system took the most direct hit, restoration in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Hendry counties is almost 85% complete but is still projected to be essentially done on Wednesday.
With Irma, the poles seemed to hold up well against the wind, he said. Up to 80 percent of the flood damage to residential properties is not covered by any flood insurance, CoreLogic said.
FPL insists that solar customers install a switch on their systems to cleanly cut them off during an emergency and they can not turn it back on.
But since then, FPL workers have run into challenges, forcing the company to push back the estimated time of full restoration to Tuesday.
"Our customers are angry and frustrated that we could not provide them better information".