Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

That number includes workers from affected companies, mutual assistance crews from other utilities, contractors and other support personnel, he said.

"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest power restoration efforts in USA history", 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.

Matthew did not come on shore and damage infrastructure, and it took the utility about two days to restore power. However, FPL, said on Tuesday that would restore power to eastern Florida by this weekend, and to western Florida by Sept 22.

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.

At least 17 storm-related deaths have been reported in the states.

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.

Florida's second biggest power company, Duke, serving the northern and central parts of the state, said it still had about 1.2 million outages Tuesday morning, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000.

FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

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