IRMA: Duke Energy announces estimated power restoration times for Florida

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Duke Energy has announced power restoration times for specific areas in Florida following the damage from Hurricane Irma.

The company has restored power to more than 375,000 customers, it said Tuesday afternoon. It reported an estimated 1 million customers without power as of mid-day Tuesday.

The company expects to complete power restoration to essentially all Duke Energy Florida customers in the following areas:

  • By midnight Friday, Sept. 15: The western portion of its service area. This includes Pinellas and Pasco counties
  • By midnight Sunday, Sept. 17: central and northern portions of the service area. This includes Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, and Wakulla counties.
  • Restoration in the severely impacted areas of Hardee and Highlands County may extend beyond Sunday due to rebuilding the electrical system that suffered significant damage in those areas.

"Our crews are focused on restoring the largest amount of customers each day and that means some customers will see their service restored much earlier," said Harry Sideris, Duke Energy Florida president.

"As crews respond to make repairs and restore service, specific estimated times of restoration will be updated for individual areas and customers. We have a workforce of more than 12,000 committed to this restoration effort. We are not stopping until the job is complete," he said.

Due to the heavy volume of outages and technology issues, the company’s online reporting tool is not updating properly.