TAMPA (FOX 13) – Wednesday afternoon, Swann Avenue at Westshore Boulevard in Tampa was blocked by a massive tree that fell down as a result of Hurricane Irma. By the evening, it was all gone, in piles on the side of the road.
That tree took a utility pole down with it, knocking out power for the nearby community. With it removed, neighbors are hopeful a TECO bucket truck will be next to visit.
The buzzing of saws was music to neighbors’ ears.
“This has been a pretty popular well-known tree around here because of how many people are out of power,” said Dan Fields, Owner of Pinellas Tree Service.
Pinellas Tree Service is getting more than 100 calls a day. They play a big role in getting the lights back on.
As of Wednesday night, the Florida Division of Emergency Management reports there are still more than 3.2 million people without power.
Depending on where you live and what company you have, you could be only waiting days to be powered back up or, it could be weeks.
But some neighbors are seeing signs of hope that mean their electricity could be coming back sooner.
-1.9 million FPL customers are in the dark.
-More than 584,000 Duke Energy customers are still out.
-TECO reports 175,000 outages.
-Withlacoochie Electric Cooperative has more than 35,000 customers left in the dark.
-Lakeland Electric is still working on restoring power to 23,000 customers.
-Peace River Electric Cooperative has more than 9,700 without power.
“It is dangerous, but it’s going to get a lot of power going for a lot of people so it was a priority,” Fields said, talking about the job of his crew. “You’ve got to strategically get in there and surgically cut.”
While they were cutting, a TECO truck doing damage assessment stopped to take pictures, which, for neighbors in the Beach Park, Culbreath Isle and Culbreath Bayou neighborhoods, means one thing.
“Hoping that it comes back on soon,” said Julie Sampson, who is without power.
Though millions in Florida are still without power, the lights are…