Beware of Georgia Power post-Irma scams!

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FPL says that 2.8 million homes and businesses are without power throughout its service area as of Tuesday.

Damaging winds from Irma have left many in the Peach State without power since Monday. Several hard-hit Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, suffered more than half the fatalities.

Some 6.7 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in USA history. "Our job is not finished until every customer is reconnected and we want to thank the millions of customers who depend on us for electric service every day for their patience during restoration". "Now we are literally into the house-to-house combat mode".

At least 32 deaths have been reported in Florida and seven more combined in Georgia and SC.

A total of eight others died in Georgia and the Carolinas.

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Gould said the incident at Hollywood Hills emphasises that all facilities need to have backup plans in case power is lost during storms.

The utilities said the storm was unusually destructive because it hit all areas of the state. All of Georgia Power's resources were held in the state prior to the storm and remained in Georgia to lead the company's restoration effort.

Power has been restored to approximately 93 percent of nursing homes classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities. The center said it was informed that service would soon be fixed.

But it was not until multiple patients began experiencing health emergencies, which promoted the evacuation of the center, that the utility company arrived to make the fix, the nursing home said.

Broward County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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