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FPL promises full power restoration by Tuesday after Irma

by: Action News Jax, Lorena Inclan Updated:

Overall, the number of customers without power across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia is going down.

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Nassau County has the most outages remaining with 4 percent of the county without electricity.

Baker, Bradford and Putnam counties have 2 percent out while 1 percent is still in the dark in St. Johns County.

FPL says a big problem is the number of trees that came down, with many of them pulling down power lines. 

Installing new lines takes time and pushes back the estimated time of restoration.

Life in St. Augustine is  slowly returning to  normal as neighbors finally have power back again—lights were out at the Stricklands home for about five days.

“It was hard. I mean, as long as you have your windows open in the nightly breeze, it was fine. But during the day I felt better outside than inside,” St. Augustine resident Lynn Strickland said.

But not all of her neighbors have recovered from Hurricane Irma.

In St. Johns County, more than 1,300 FPL customers and a few JEA customers remain without power.

Last Wednesday, a FPL spokesperson told Action News Jax reporter Lorena Inclán that all customers would be restored by Sunday.

But since then, FPL workers have run into challenges, forcing the company to push back the estimated time of full restoration to Tuesday.

“(Irma) affected the whole state so you know I think (FPL workers) did as well as could be expected,” Lynn Strickland said.

And even as lights start coming back on, other services are still facing outages.

“The phones are out and the internet (is) out and we're going to call them today to see if anybody has reported it out here,” Bill Strickland said.

FPL said it expects nearly all of the customers to get power back on  Monday and some small hard-hit areas to get power by Tuesday.