UPDATE: OUC has issued the following statement:
“OUC currently estimates that we will have our entire service territory restored by 10 p.m., Friday, September 15. Please keep in mind that the last 2 to 3% of our customers will be the most difficult to restore. Individual customer estimated times of restoration will be available Wednesday morning, September 13, via the outage map at ouc.com or by calling 407-423-9018 in Orlando/Orange County.”
There are over 6.2 million Florida residents without power, post-Irma. 850,000 of those people live in Central Florida, and 142,000 of those households are OUC customers.
Roseann Harrington, OUC’s Vice President of Marketing, stated at a recent press conference that this will be the,
” … largest utility restoration and rebuild project in the history of the United States.”
Duke Energy has stated that it will take roughly a week to restore power to their 390,000 customers who were without power on Monday.
Priority is being given to critical needs first; hospitals, water treatment plans, police and fire stations, and then finally to private residences.
This process could take a long time so City officials and power companies ask that Orlando residents act with patience and stay safe while they work their way through the City.
OUC will be releasing a plan later in the day Tuesday, September 12 that will detail their restoration work over the next few weeks.