More than 2.4 million customers, or 75 percent of the more than 3.2 million customers left without power by Hurricane Wilma, now have power back thanks to the efforts of 17,700 workers from 33 states and Canada amassed by Florida Power & Light Company. The restoration team is the largest ever organized in the company’s history to battle a hurricane’s aftermath. Less than 800,000 customers remain without power.

Yesterday, FPL announced earlier restoration completion times for essentially all customers in the following counties:

  • Lee, Hendry and Collier counties by the end of day Nov. 3
  • Indian River County by the end of day Nov. 4
  • Okeechobee County by the end of day Nov. 5
  • St. Lucie and Martin counties by Nov. 6
FPL now is asking only those customers in the above seven west coast and treasure coast counties who are still without power to report it by calling 1-800-4OUTAGE.

FPL also said yesterday it expects to have 95 percent of all customers impacted by Hurricane Wilma back in service by the end of the day Nov. 8, one week earlier than originally projected. Restoration progress continues in hard-hit Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and FPL remains on track to complete restoration to essentially all customers in the tri-county area as originally projected.