In Georgia, some 21,000 customers were still without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. According to macon.com this included 6,436 Georgia Power customers and 14,750 customers of the state’s electric membership cooperatives.
At the peak of Irma, 550,000 EMC customers and 990,000 Georgia Power homes and businesses had their electricity knocked out.
While 99% of the power has been restored, there are still customers in counties which remain without power at this time.
Meanwhile, people in Florida started returning to ‘normal’ life in the wake of Hurricane Irma this weekend.
According to news reports, residents from the Florida Keys were allowed to visit Monroe Country for the first time since the storm. In other parts of the state, residents are awaiting news on when electricity and other normal services will be restored.
As officials determine the full cost of the damages, surveying hard hit crop growing areas and communication facilities, schools are expected to open this week. Federal officials are focused on restoring power with some 60,000 utility workers from across the US and Canada working to get the power back on.
Currently, there are about 675,000 metering points – residential and commercial – without power.
According to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, parts of the electricity grid will have to be rebuilt due to the severe damage from Irma’s winds.
With more than 40 storm-related deaths, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long now says that the focus has shifted from saving lives to recovery. People are either being moved back into their homes or placed in temporary housing.
Perry said 60,000 utility workers from the US and Canada are working to get power back on. But electricity wasn’t the only concern.
The Florida Keys is probably the hardest hit part of the state and residents are being warned that they should stay away if they are not in a position to take care of themselves for at least several weeks. With severely limited resources, 21 checkpoints have been set up in the hardest hit neighborhoods to ensure only residents, contractors and relief workers are allowed in. There is a heavy police and military presence, along with strict curfews in order to prevent looting.