Alliant Energy crews to assist with Hurricane Irma response

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Consumers Energy is sending an additional 130 employees and contractors to help restore power to Georgia residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Duke Energy and its contractor crews are gathering at a rest area along southbound Interstate 71/75 in Florence. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, over 5.5 million customers in multiple states were still without power, according to the release.

Meanwhile, Florida Power & Light spokesman Rob Gould asked customers on Tuesday to be patient as they wait for restoration of electricity.

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Assistance from across the United States and Canada, including company resources from the Midwest, are assisting with restoration efforts.

Collier County now is the most impacted, with 86 percent, or 212,000 customers, still without power going into Tuesday night. "We are focusing on restoring power to feeders that serve critical customers like hospitals, wastewater plants, fire, and police". "We are proud of their willingness to leave their families and friends to work long days, providing desperately needed help". Overall, FPL reported that 2.66 million, or 54 percent, of its almost 5 million home and business customers remained without power.

Orange County, which had 297,000 customers without power at noon, or 51 percent, is now down to 234,000, or 40 percent.

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