- Focus turning to neighborhoods in hardest-hit areas
- 90% of customers in all counties to be restored by midnight
- Isolated damage still hampering restoration in some areas
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy Florida continues to make major progress as it works to restore power to all customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
“Duke Energy Florida continues to press ahead and restore outages throughout our territory. Our customers have been patient, but they are anxious to have power restored,” said Todd FountainDuke Energy Florida storm director. “There are hard-hit areas that will require more extensive work. But we are not stopping until all customers are restored.”
The estimated time of restoration (ETR) for the company’s hardest-hit counties has not changed:
- The current ETR for 90% of DEF customers in Highlands, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties is no later than 11:59 pm SundayOct. 2.
As of 2 pmthe company had restored more than 930,000 customers, with 77,000 customers still without power. Duke Energy Florida serves 1.9 million customers in the state.
Fountain added that while greatly improved weather conditions have aided efforts, the company is still facing local flooding and other access challenges – especially in the central and eastern counties.
Crews that have completed restorations in other areas are now joining forces, and Duke Energy Florida is concentrating its full workforce into these harder-hit areas. Click here for information on how Duke Energy restores power.
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