Power outages reported across South Florida as Irma approaches

Power outages reported across South Florida as Irma approaches

Power outages reported across South Florida as Irma approaches

Florida Power & Light (FPL), the biggest power company in Florida said on its website it had over 565,000 customers without power Sunday morning.

"It's hard to speculate, but some of the estimates could be 5 million people without power based on this, you know, south-to-north trajectory, and it's not just Florida; it's going to be moving into Georgia as well. over the next five days", Long said.

Florida Power and Light (FPL) estimates that 3.4 million Floridians could be without power during Hurricane Irma, which is now making its way toward the western portion of Florida. In Broward, more than a third of FPL's customers - 360,750 out of 933,300 - were without power.

About 574,000 of those outages were in Miami-Dade County, while there were 360,000 in Broward and almost 136,000 in Palm Beach County. The two facilities are Florida's only operating nuclear power plants.

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"It's going to get worse", Scott said. "A storm of this magnitude an intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild out electric system from the ground up, particularly on the west coast".

Outages across the state will likely top 4.1 million customers since other utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, will also suffer outages but have not yet estimated how many. So far, that's about 1,000 more crew assembled for Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

"We have amassed the largest restoration force in the history of the country to respond to Hurricane Irma".

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