Appalachian Power sending hundreds to Florida, Georgia

Appalachian Power sending hundreds to Florida, Georgia

Appalachian Power sending hundreds to Florida, Georgia

Over 5 million households across the state remained without power as off Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., and while that number remains high, it's a major decrease from Monday's total of 13 million.

"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in US history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

To recover restoration costs, FPL files with state regulators and, if approved, adds a storm surcharge on the monthly bills of its almost 5 million customers. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

Most outages were still in FPL's service area in the southern and eastern parts of Florida.

Matthew did not come on shore and damage infrastructure, and it took the utility about two days to restore power. That was down from a peak over 1.4 million on Monday night.

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Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, the second most severe on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

The faster restoration time was due to $3 billion FPL spent on improvements including underground lines, concrete poles and intelligent devices to help restore power, Gould said. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday.

Florida outages for Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, increased to more than 1.1 million, according to the company's website.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Friday it has dispatched additional inspectors to the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants in Florida in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Irma on those sites.

In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning.

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