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Residents lend help to those still without power after Hermine

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No lights and no air conditioning -- that’s still the situation for thousands in Tallahassee five days after Hermine hit, but there are still people willing to be kind and lend a helping hand.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum acknowledged that the city’s response wasn’t perfect at an emergency city commission meeting Tuesday morning. City officials said they’ve restored power to 90 percent of the homes effected by the outage.

The utility crews were one street over, but Julie Konikoff still didn't have power more than 100 hours after Hermine hit Tallahassee.

"This is a social experiment that needs to end," Konikoff said.

She said she doesn't like to focus on the negative, but it's frustrating. Her family has a generator, and they decided to share the wealth.

“We’ve made some new friends" she said. "Everyone’s just been hanging out and telling each other gossip about how the city doesn’t have their act together.”

And while people are hot, both because of lack of AC and over the city's response to the outage, there are still strangers helping out.

Family members at one house put out chargers for anyone to power up their machines because half the neighborhood was still dark.

And at Florida State watering hole Madison Social, students without any juice were welcomed all weekend to hang out.

"On Friday morning, there were a lot of young folks, students driving around, they didn’t have power in their dorms, their apartments," Madison Social general manager Zach Bartlett said. "About an hour before we opened they asked, ‘Do you have food, do you have water?’ Yeah, absolutely. Come on in."

On Tuesday, city officials said they reached a saturation point with the amount of crews that can work on the grid. So while more than 10,000 people wait to get their lights turned back on, the kindness of strangers goes a long way.