ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017 : More than 9,000 Duke Energy workers and additional personnel are mobilized to respond to power outages and assess damage left in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida.
Duke Energy outages totaled 1.2 million in Florida, with nearly 100,000 customers restored in the early stages by mid-day Monday.

"We are surveying damaged areas and beginning to restore power today for our Florida customers," said Duke Energy Florida president Harry Sideris. "Irma hit us hard, and now it's time for us to swing back. Our crews are up to the challenging work ahead, including rebuilding where necessary. We will not stop until we get everyone back on."

Duke Energy Florida serves 1.8 million customers in the state. Outages are spread throughout Duke Energy's territory in the state. The hardest hit areas: Pinellas, Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Highlands counties.

The company strategically staged power line workers, tree professionals, damage assessors and support personnel at multiple sites in Florida and nearby Georgia in advance of the hurricane, giving repair teams rapid access to Florida's hardest-hit areas.

Damage assessments determine where the company will further deploy its workers, equipment and other resources to begin the complex job of power restoration.

(Posted on 14 September 2017, 1680166190 34O239O173O144)