With the sweltering temperatures, restoration of power is crucial, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.1 million customers without power Tuesday, down from a peak of around 1.3 million on Monday night. A unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, FPL said its outages dipped to around 2.8 million by Tuesday morning from a peak of over 3.6 million Monday morning.
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Silagy called the outages "unprecedented" and of a "magnitude we just haven't seen before".
Massive power outages still crippled much of the Southeast on Wednesday.
Florida outages for Duke, the state's second biggest power company serving the northern and central parts of the state, remained at about 1.2 million overnight, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.
The Federal Emergency Managment Agency estimates that 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65 percent sustained major damage when they took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.
Other states also face long roads to recovery. It gradually weakened as it headed through the state, becoming a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday.
Across Florida, elderly and sick people were stranded in hospitals and nursing homes facing power outages or sporadic power, the New York Times reported. At least 17 storm-related deaths have already been reported on the USA mainland, according to local officials: Florida has reported 12 deaths, Alberto C. Moscoso, a spokesman for Florida Division of Emergency Management, said Tuesday evening.Georgia had three deaths.
The utility company has 30 staging sites, with restoration crews, trucks, and equipment from across the United States and Canada.
"I don't have any family members where they have power that we can go to", said Wilcox.
FPL said after repairing any damage to its power plants and the lines that carry electricity from the generating facilities, the company next restores "critical facilities", like hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters. That number includes workers from affected companies, mutual assistance crews from other utilities, contractors and other support personnel, he said.