Still 1.9 million homes and businesses in Florida without power 5 days after Hurricane Irma


About 1.9 million homes and businesses in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas remained without power from Hurricane Irma on September 15, 2017.

This means five days after the deadly storm ripped through the U.S. Southeast.

Nearly 2 million homes and businesses, mostly in Florida, without power in Irma's wake
Nearly 2 million homes and businesses, mostly in Florida, without power in Irma’s wake

About 1.8 million customers were without electricity in Florida. Another 116,900 customers in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina also remained in the dark on Friday.

Among the state’s public utilities, Florida Power & Light, owned by NextEra Energy Inc (NEE.N) and the state’s biggest electric company, reported about 1.1 million customers had no power. Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) said 375,400 customers were in the dark and Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc (EMA.TO), said about 36,600 were without electricity.

FPL, which serves nearly 5 million homes and businesses, said it expects to restore power to essentially all its users, in the eastern portion of Florida, by the end of the weekend and the harder-hit western portion of the state by Sept. 22.

Duke, which serves the northern and central parts of Florida, said on its website it expects to restore service to most customers by midnight on Sunday.

Irma, which ranked as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record before striking the U.S. mainland as a Category 4 hurricane on Sept. 10, took at least 82 lives, mostly in the hard-hit Caribbean islands. At least 32 deaths have been reported in Florida and seven more combined in Georgia and South Carolina.

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