Dramatic drone video shows thousands of downed power polls in Florida in Irma's wake
If you’re wondering what havoc Hurricane Irma brought to Florida’s power grid, there’s no better view than Duke Energy drone video showing utility poles snapped like match sticks along a rural road.
The 40-second video was averaging nearly 200 views per minute after being posted Wednesday afternoon on Facebook.
“We experienced significant damage across our electrical system in Florida,” said Duke Energy spokeswoman Meghan Musgrave Miles.
“We are replacing almost 3,000 poles; approximately 950 miles of wire and more than 1,100 transformers. We have mobilized more than 12,000 line workers, tree professionals, damage assessors and support personnel to tackle Hurricane Irma’s aftermath.”
Nearly 1.4 million Duke Energy customers were left without power by the storm, and 800,000 had their power restored in just over a day, she said. The remaining 600,000 will have power back up by Sunday.
Crews from the Carolinas are heavily involved in the work, along with crews from eight other states and Canada, said Duke Energy.
Duke Energy has deployed drones across Florida to help in damage assessment and to provide crews with an early look at infrastructure damage.