Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

State Government Updates

UPDATES FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT

Utility Company Updates

  • The current power outage as of 6 p.m. is more than 4.7 million accounts. For a full breakdown, click HERE.
  • Since Monday afternoon, nearly 2 million accounts have been restored.
  • Do not try to handle downed power lines. Contact your local utility company to report it.

Tampa Electric

  • About 3,200 line, tree and other workers, from other utilities from as far away as the Midwest, Northeast and Canada, continue to arrive today to assist Tampa Electric, as part of the largest restoration effort in U.S. history;
  • In total, 425,000 of Tampa Electric’s 730,000 customers were impacted by the storm. At the peak of the storm, 335,000 customers remained without power;
  • Power has already been restored to 170,000 customers, or about 40 percent of those affected; and
  • Tampa Electric expects to restore power to essentially all customers the night of Sunday, September 17th.

Florida Power and Light

  • FPL has mobilized the largest restoration workforce ever assembled with more than 18,000 out-of-state restoration personnel working around the clock;
  • In total, 4.4 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to 1.1 million customers;
  • FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the East Coast the night of Sunday, September 17th; and
  • FPL expects power restoration to be completed for the West Coast by Friday, September 22nd.

Duke Energy

  • More than 12,000 restoration workers have been mobilized to quickly restore power to all customers;
  • More than 1 million customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 375,000 customers;
  • Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for western service areas the night of Friday, September 15th; and
  • Duke Energy expects power restoration to be completed for central and northern service areas the night of Sunday, September 17th.

Gulf Power

  • Gulf Power has fully restored power to the 13,000 customers affected by the storm and has no storm related outages; and
  • Gulf Power has a restoration team of more than 150 personnel in route to Tampa to assist with power restoration for Tampa Electric.

Florida Electric Cooperatives Association

  • More than 760,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to more than 318,000 customers;
  • Approximately 3,000 cooperative workers from Florida and nine other states are deploying to the hurricane impact zone to assist with ongoing restoration efforts.

Municipal Utilities

  • More than 800,000 customers were impacted by the storm. Power has already been restored to about 400,000 customers.
  • Restoration is expected to be completed by the night of Sunday, September 17th, except hardest hit areas, such as Key West, which will take longer to restore.
  • Several utilities such as Tallahassee, Kissimmee and Jacksonville Beach are close to being fully restored. In addition, several smaller utilities like Newberry are already 100% restored.

Fuel Updates:

  • All three of Florida’s major fuel ports are open and operational – Port Tampa, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral. Port of Panama City is also open and operational. Each Port is prioritizing fuel shipments and FHP is escorting fuel resupply trucks to gas stations;
  • Port Everglades has three fuel resupply tankers at berth and are working around the clock to bring more fuel into Florida;
  • Fuel trucks are actively filling and leaving the terminals to refuel gas stations;
  • Port Tampa will receive ten tanker vessels in the next 48 hours;
  • JaxPort is open to traffic on the landside terminals. Fuel trucks are actively filling and leaving the terminals to refuel gas stations;   
  • The first fuel tanker arrived at Port Canaveral today at 2:30pm, and the Port will continue to receive fuel resupply.
  • Eleven states have joined Florida in waiving weight and driver restrictions to move goods more quickly into the state, including fuel.
  • The Jones Act, Florida’s gas tax and all weight and driver restrictions continue to be waived to expedite fuel delivery. 

This week, the Governor took the following actions to expedite power restoration across the state of Florida:

  • Hosted daily calls with Florida utilities companies to make sure they were preparing resources and positioning restoration personnel to help get the power on as quickly as possible.
  • As early as the morning of Tuesday, September 5th, utilities were directed to begin contacting mutual aid partners and prepare to report outages as soon as storm impacts were felt. Utilities were also directed to identify any staging areas needed outside of Florida to ensure out of state linemen resources could be fully prepared for deployment as soon as conditions were safe.
  • At the direction of Governor Scott, Florida Highway Patrol is escorting utility convoys to areas in need to help quickly restore power, including escorting 600 utility trucks into Florida from the Georgia/Florida line into impacted areas of Southwest Florida. In addition, FHP is providing a security escort to 11 Panama City utility vehicles.
  • Governor Scott has directed Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) cut and toss crews to work alongside utility crews across the state to clear road debris so power can be restored quickly.

This week, the Governor took the following actions to expedite fuel delivery to gas stations:

  • Directed the Florida Highway Patrol to escort fuel resupply trucks to gas stations;
  • Waived the taxes on fuel trucks entering the state;
  • Gov. Scott and executive office staff have held daily calls with all fuel supply stakeholders, including Florida Ports;
  • Vice President Pence announced that the federal government has waived the Jones Act upon Governor Scott’s request, which waives additional rules and regulations to allow more fuel to get to Florida fast. This waiver ensures that all options are available to distribute fuel to Florida. The last Jones Act waiver was issued in December 2012, for petroleum products to be delivered for relief assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Following the Governor’s request, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency fuel waiver which allows more fuel to quickly enter the state. For more information, please click HERE

LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • More than 200 FWC officers statewide, including partner agencies, are deployed in areas with resources such as trucks, coastal and river patrol boats, ATVs and shallow draft boats to respond to critical areas based on the storm’s path. FWC Special Operations Group (SOG) officers, National Guard members and an Urban Search and Rescue Team began rescue operations in the Keys yesterday evening.
  • FWC has sworn in more than 300 officers deployed from Georgia, Mississippi, Delaware, South Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
  • The entire Florida Highway Patrol, approximately 1,700 troopers, is on 12-hour shifts, with the primary mission to assist emergency response. In addition, a total of 330 troopers are assisting with recovery and road clearance efforts.
  • Florida Incident Management Teams (IMT) have mobilized to provide overall statewide command and control for all Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) and lifesaving operations.
  • Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) team members are deployed in multiple locations and identifying requests for search and rescue.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has begun damage assessments, bridge inspections and debris clearance in the southern part of the state.
  • FDOT continues to coordinate with Google's emergency response team to “close” damaged roads in Google Maps in real time following damage assessments.
  • FDOT's cut and toss crews are working with utility crews across the state to clear road debris so power can be restored quickly. An FDOT and Florida Power and Light (FPL) convoy is currently in route in Southwest Florida after departing the BB&T Center staging area at sunrise.
  • The State Emergency Response Team will prioritize clearing major roadways, addressing the needs of critical shelters and special-needs shelters, and distributing staged life-saving resources.
  • FDOT is working on clearing US-1, Interstate 75, Interstate 95, Interstate 4, Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 10. They will be followed closely by the United States National Guard and utility companies.
  • As the FDOT works on the major interstate systems, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are clearing roads around shelters that are in critical condition or are special-needs shelters.
  • FDOT is coordinating with other states to deploy additional resources to Florida. A number of other states have offered assistance. Maryland, Missouri and Delaware are currently deploying crews to Florida. FDOT continues to coordinate with other states.
  • Around the state, FDOT has 13 traffic management centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7. Real-time traffic information and evacuation routes are available at www.FL511.com
  • FDOT is coordinating with county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions, including damage assessments and road and bridge closures.
  • The following major airports are closed:

 

Airport Name

Status

Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport

Emergency Operations Only

Downtown Fort Lauderdale Heliport

Closed

Everglades Airpark

Closed

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

Closed

 

Immokalee Regional Airport

Closed

Key West International Airport

Closed

Marco Island Airport

Closed

Miami Executive Airport

Emergency Operations Only

Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport

Emergency Operations Only

Miami Seaplane Base

Closed

Naples Municipal Airport

Emergency Operations Only

North Perry Airport

Closed

Opa-Locka Executive Airport

Emergency Operations Only

Palm Beach International Airport

Commercial Service Terminated

Punta Gorda Airport

Closed

Southwest Florida International Airport

Commercial Service Terminated

St Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Closed

Tallahassee Commercial Airport

Closed

The Florida Keys Maraton International Airport

Closed

Vero Beach Municipal Airport

Commercial Service Terminated Emergency Operations Only

Sources of information on disaster assistance programs: