Progress Energy Florida crews continue to battle the effects of Tropical Storm Debby, in response to the slow-moving storm that continues to pound the Florida coastline. Debby is forecasted to make landfall along the Florida coast on Wednesday. In addition, crews from Progress Energy Carolinas and Georgia Power are scheduled to arrive in the Progress Energy Florida service area to assist with restoration efforts.
Here are the updated outage/restoration numbers, as of 3 p.m.:
- Power has been restored to more than 241,000 customers since the first round of storms battered Progress Energy Florida’s service territory on Sunday.
- Approximately 15,000 Progress Energy Florida customers are currently without power.
Crews maintain restoration efforts, even as the storm continues. Repair work is being complicated by high winds and flooding, which make travel and access to damaged equipment a challenge. As a result, restoration efforts may take several days to complete in some areas. The company also expects additional outages across its 35-county service area as the storm makes landfall. Service personnel are working around the clock to restore power.
Progress Energy Florida has moved additional crews from areas not affected by the storm to the hardest-hit areas, and is bringing in additional line and service and tree personnel from neighboring utilities. The company is mobilizing employees to handle increased customer calls, to quickly evaluate storm damage, to coordinate line crew and equipment mobilization and to coordinate materials required for repairs.