Why some homes are still without power

Posted at 6:29 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 07:13:29-04

Many people in Southwest Florida are still without power after hurricane Irma.

Corey Johnson lives with his mother, Rosemary, and brother, Lemar,  who have been without power for about a week, but their neighbors got their's turned back on several days ago.

"How can you have power on one side of the street and the rest of the subdivision has no power at all?" Johnson said.

On top of that, his mother has asthma and his brother is autistic. Johnson says he's had to take at least three weeks off of work in order to take care of his family.

"Not only are we dealing with health issues, but we're also hurting financially right now," said Johnson.

Four in your corner asked these questions to Florida Power and Light and they said homes aren't always their priority when a big storm like this damages all the areas they cover.

Bill Orlove with FPL says they first target places including hospitals, 911 centers, fire stations, police stations as well as grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, as a few examples.

But why might some neighbors have power while others don't?

Orlove said, "There may be some damage to our equipment, that once we go into the neighborhoods, as we have been going into the neighborhoods, to see specific damage that may cause one person to have power and their neighbor to not have it."

Orlove also says be proactive. He says FPL has a plan in place so customers need to, too. If you think you'll lose power in a storm, have a back up plan ready if you need electricity for medical devices. Also, call 911 if it's an emergency.