Over 6 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Tricia Pearson
September 14, 2017

FPL, a unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's biggest power company, said its outages dipped below 2.8 million by Tuesday afternoon from a peak of over 3.6 million Monday morning.

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company's history.

Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have leveled off or even declined at some Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Major utilities in Florida - including NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light, 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 million. However, FPL, said on Tuesday that would restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend, and to western Florida by Sept 22.

Gainesville and Miami had the highest number of stations out of fuel on Tuesday afternoon, with 62 percent and 49 percent respectively, according to GasBuddy.

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Last October, Hurricane Matthew knocked out 1.2 million FPL customers as it skirted Florida's east coast without making landfall.

They plan to spend the next two weeks working to restore power to millions affected by Hurricane Irma.

Almost 4.5 million homes and businesses lost power in the storm that made landfall in the US on Sunday, and utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. On Sunday, Gould said its nuclear plants were safe.

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. The plant, which is on Irma's current forecast track, stopped operating in 2009 and retired in 2013.

"There is nothing to indicate there is any concern for the spent fuel stored at Crystal River".

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