Power's out for 3.3 million so far in Florida

Power's out for 3.3 million so far in Florida

Power's out for 3.3 million so far in Florida

Major utilities in Florida - including NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy Corp and Emera Inc's Tampa Electric - have mobilized tens of thousands of workers to deal with the outages after Irma landed early Sunday and carved a destructive path up Florida, which has a population of about 20.6 million.

Before and after photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compared the lights on a typical night in the Sunshine State to the drastic loss of light after the storm plowed through the state.

As part of the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group, Hydro One had been participating in National Response Event discussions regarding deployment of resources in the hours leading up to September 9, when it received an official request for help from Florida Power and Light.

Utilities in the U.S. Southeast returned power to nearly half of the homes and businesses knocked out by Hurricane Irma, leaving about 4.3 million customers in the dark as of midday Wednesday, in one of the biggest restoration efforts in U.S. history.

More than 6.5 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma moved through the state, according to the state's emergency management division. That could affect up to 9 million people. If the hurricane continues on its present track and strength, Florida's west coast could be more of a "rebuild" to restore power, he said.

Help is coming from as far away as Canada.

In South Carolina, 150,000 customers are without power, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

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And in Alabama, about 13,000 customers remained without electricity, Alabama Power said.

"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest power restoration efforts in US history", Kuhn said. A few months later, in November 2012, 225 Hydro One employees travelled to Long Island, N.Y., to assist in the Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts.

FPL said it now has 16,000 crews from around the country - from California, Massachusetts Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin, including its own to restore power once hurricane and tropical winds subside.

Irma, which stretched 650 miles from east to west, has battered at least nine states - flooding city streets, uprooting trees and light poles and destroying homes.

FPL said on Wednesday it had provided power to some parts of a nursing home where people died after the facility lost electricity during Irma and that the home was not on a list "critical facilities" prioritized for emergency power restoration.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators. "The minor damage we sustained".

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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