Over 1.6 million in Florida lose power from Irma, utility says
00:41, Sep 14, 2017
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The crews will help with power restoration efforts.
Most outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state.
It threatens to knock out power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses served by FPL, affecting around 9 million people based on the current storm track, the utility's chief executive 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. FPL said on Tuesday it planned to restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend and to western Florida by September 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.
They plan to spend the next two weeks working to restore power to millions affected by Hurricane Irma.
Irma, categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, has killed at least 77 people, including 36 in the United States, officials said.
That surcharge was capped at around $4 per month for the average residential customer, according to NextEra's 2016 annual report.
The utility says more than 120 employees are departing Tuesday for Georgia, and more than 260 employees and contract workers will go to Florida to assist in recovery.
FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dropped to around 1.9 million customers on Wednesday from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday.
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