FMEA: Most Floridians, Including 98 Percent With Outages After Hurricane Ian, Have Power

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), which represents 33 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers, offered an update on Monday as Florida recovers from Hurricane Ian.

In less than a week after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida and then cut across the state, Florida’s public power utilities have restored power to 98 percent of customers who experienced outages following the hurricane.

More than 99 percent of the over 1.5 million Florida public power customers are receiving electricity.

“Florida public power utilities are working around the clock to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. Today, we are nearing full restoration and have gotten power back to most of the customers who can accept service. Given the extensive damage many of our electrical systems sustained and the extreme flooding conditions throughout the state, this is incredible progress,” said FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly on Monday. “This week is Public Power Week and is a testament to the value of being part of public power’s nationwide network of support. More than 750 line resources from 125 utilities in 22 states have come to our aid to assist with power restoration following Hurricane Ian. Our deepest gratitude to all who answered the call for help.”

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