We may not have seen the last of power outages resulting from Beryl.
JEA CEO Jim Dickenson says the agency is making good progress restoring power, but new outages continue to pop up as we continue to experience residual weather effects.
“Even though we’ve seen the outage count come down, we’ve had additional outages that we’ve had come one,” he says.
And those outages could continue to pop up even through tonight.
At the height of the storm about 40,000 people were without power, but that number is now down to about 18,000.Right now, 30 electric crews, 20 water crews and 15 tree crews have been dispatched around Jacksonville.Dickenson says they work first in the areas with the most people affected.Mayor Alvin Brown says even the smallest power outage can take a significant amount of time to repair, but crews are working hard.
“More than 1,000 city personnel, including first responders, JEA, public works, have been on the street, working hard to address damage caused by the storm,” Brown says.
In his latest address, Brown reemphasized the major safety concerns that still exist, even once conditions quiet down.He says city residents need to stay out of standing water, report any downed power lines to 911 and still avoid the roads if possible.
The city hotline (630-CITY) remains active for anyone with questions about the storm.