About 6.1 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities

About 6.1 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities

About 6.1 million without power in US Southeast after Irma: utilities

"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in USA history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

Most remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

"An army of more than 50,000 workers from across the United States and Canada is now dedicated to supporting the industry's Irma restoration efforts", Kuhn said. At 1 pm EDT, almost 1.6 million were without power while about 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices, FPL said.

Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC.

The faster restoration time was due to $3 billion FPL spent on improvements including underground lines, concrete poles and intelligent devices to help restore power, Gould said.

Floridians who weathered the historic storm must now cope with an unprecedented loss of power: About 15 million people were without electricity across the state, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

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Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. It had weakened to a tropical depression on Monday.

Duke warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could exceed 1 million.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

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.

St Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state'seast coast, about 120 miles north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami.

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