At one point, the Department of Homeland Security said, about 15 million Floridians - an astonishing three out of four residents - lacked power.
Some Florida utilities, including FPL, had warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas.
As South Florida continues to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, a large percentage of Miami-Dade County homes and businesses still have power outages, though the figure is rapidly dropping.
Power has been restored to over 4.8 million Floridians in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma as of Friday morning, though almost 1.9 million statewide are still impacted by outages.
On Monday, when most customers were without power, the storm weakened to a tropical depression.In Georgia, utilities reported outages declined to about 113,000 from a peak of around 1.3 million on Monday.Other big power utilities in Florida are units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the largest electric company in Georgia. More than 118,500 customers had been restored by Friday morning - 19 percent of its service - but 33,000 were still out of power. "Fully restoring power is my top priority and we have been aggressively working with utility providers to solve this issue as fast as possible".
FPL issues a power update for Wednesday Sept. 13 2017
FPL has begun restoring power in multiple locations.
"I'm soaking up a few last minutes of AC before I return to my house with no electricity", said Eckler, 46, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and went 16 days without power during Hurricane Wilma.
Outage Alerts - Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message. "We expect to have all East Coast customers essentially restored by end of this coming weekend".
"Doctors are telling me not to move her. Fire officials say we should evacuate". Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment.
Sonja Burham, a St. Augustine Resident who uses a breathing machine and has an autistic daughter, had nearly reached her breaking point as she endured her sixth day without power. First they need to fix the power plants, power lines that carry electricity to local substations, and restore power to hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers. Though there was significant property damage in the Florida Keys and in some parts of southwest Florida, officials said they were investigating just a small number of fatalities that came as the storm made landfall.
A truck delivering fuel passes a U.S. flag on a highway USA 1 following Hurricane Irma in Islamorada, Florida, U.S., September 15, 2017.