Power restored except South, Southwest, Central Florida pockets


The massive power outage Hurricane Irma left behind last week with more than 6.5 million homes and businesses is down to a handful of pockets outside the still heavily-darkened Monroe, Collier and Lee counties that were hardest hit by the storm.

The latest data provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, showing power through 3 p.m., shows that the power companies have managed to restore electricity to more than 98 percent of the state, including virtually all homes and businesses in the vast majority of counties that were affected.

Almost all the exceptions were counties in South, Southwest and Central Florida. A few very small outages – a couple hundred customers here or there, remain in a handful of other counties.

Florida Power & Light continues with the largest outages, primarily in Southwest and South Florida, 98,000 homes and businesses combined, mainly in Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties.

Duke Energy has just 37,000 customers statewide without power, with just under half of those in Highlands and Hardee counties in Southwest Florida, and the rest in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Polk and Volusia counties in Central Florida.

Another 37,000 powerless homes and businesses remain under a handful of municipal electric and electric cooperatives, primarily in Monroe County, Collier and Lee.

Highlands still had 16,000 homes and businesses without power.


Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


  • Fran Wyatt

    September 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    9-19-17 …. Ties, 9:30 pm. Just received my 4th call from Duke Energy in past 4 days…. Asking … “Is your power still out???” Don’t THEY know ???

    As I told the man tonight who called after 9:pm…… “Today was my 10th day w NO A/C or any other 220 appliampnces. His answer was:
    “OK I will turn it in…”

    Told him that’s the exact phrase that the other three men have said when I answered that I have no power and there is a broken wire going to the pool in my backyard. And so they have had this same information for four days now and what is the result ???

    My power has NOT been fixed, all I get is duke employees calling me to ask me if my power is back on? This is in sane and madness. Tomorrow is day number 11.

    Sorry but this is not the way to treat customers and run a large business that is a monopoly in our area. We have nowhere else to go for power, and we are not getting The service or the electricity that we are paying for.
    Will somebody please hold Dukes feet to the fire and get this mess straightened out …. THEN see that it never happens again!!

    I have detailed written records of every call, date, time, who I spoke with and what was said. I will be happy to present them in a hearing if necessary.

    • Fran Wyatt

      September 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Correction: – broken wire going to the pole in my backyard. Broken wire from my rooftop to Duke energy Pole.

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