Pete mayor posts angry message for Duke Energy

Neighbors watched them work, hopeful that they’d get their A/C back on.

Trying to make the same call, Linda Donnelly said she has tried to contact Duke Energy several times.

As of 9 a.m. Friday morning, nearly 1.9 million households – about 18 percent of the state – remained without air conditioning or electricity as energy companies worked to restore one of the largest power outages in the country’s history.

“I am extremely disappointed that Duke Energy’s self-imposed midnight deadline will pass without power being restored to all of St. Pete”, Kriseman wrote on Facebook after the deadline passed. Complete restoration of power to those customers remains at the end of day Sunday, September 17.

“They kept telling us, ‘You have power”.

“The information provided to me by Duke Energy’s CEO and other executives throughout the week gave me the confidence to be patient, and as such, I had encouraged the same from our residents”, Kriseman said.

Duke Energy says that the company was aware of the issue with its automated system.

While the outages were frustrating, Schulz said he understood that a lot of people were without power and he didn’t blame the crews out in the field. It’s puzzling many customers because they haven’t had to crank up the air conditioning with the cooler weather in Central Indiana. Officials said the goal is to have full restoration by noon Sunday.

Power bills are arriving in the mail that are double, even triple, what customers typically pay this time of year.

Ninety-three thousand Florida Power and Light customers are still in the dark but the company hopes to have everyone’s lights on by this weekend.

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