IRMA: Power slowly being restored to those areas in the dark

By Jason Lanning , Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 10:55 AM EDT

It's been three days since Hurricane Irma hit the Bay area and hundreds of thousands of residents still remain without power. 

Crews from Duke Energy and Tampa Electric - as well as utility crews from out of the area - are aggressively working to restore power, which in some cases is no easy task. 

For Duke Energy, more than 3,000 power poles and 1,100 transformers are being replaced. 

As of Thursday morning, Duke has restored power to 800,000 customers statewide. About 600,000 remain without power. 

TECO officials said about 58 percent of its outages have been restored and they anticipate having all power back up and running by Sunday. 

The Florida state fairgrounds will turn into a staging area for hundreds of out of state power workers. About 500 hundred are arriving from New Hampshire, Missouri and Nova Scotia to help tech crews that have been working around the clock.

Thursday morning, 95,000 TECO customers are still without power. That's a big number but remember we were around 400,000 just a couple days ago.

The crews are assessing lines, substations and individual addresses - they have to find the problems first, and to do that they need a lot of manpower on the ground.

And it takes even more manpower to fix downed lines and substations, in some cases crews are having to rebuild entire systems to get customers back online.