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Over 3.7 Million Utility Customers Remain without Power in Florida

MIAMI – More than 3.7 million utility customers in Florida were without electricity on Wednesday, four days after Hurricane Irma hammered the state, officials said.

On Wednesday morning, 3,787,997 customers, or 36.08 percent of houses, businesses and public and private office buildings served by power companies in the state, were without power, the Florida Division of Disaster Management said.

In neighboring Georgia, which was affected by Irma as a tropical storm on Monday, some 348,095 residential Georgia Power customers remain without power.

In Miami-Dade County, Florida’s most populous county, there were more than 452,000 customers, or 40 percent of the total, without power.

In Monroe Country, which includes the hard-hit Florida Keys, where Irma made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, 83 percent of utility customers were without power, the same number as a day before.

In central Florida’s Highlands county, one of the areas affected the most by the hurricane, 93 percent of customers were without electricity.

Florida Power & Light (FPL), the largest utility serving Florida, said in a Twitter post that 2.5 million of the 4.4 million customers who lost power in the storm now have electricity.

Before Irma made landfall, many residents decided to evacuate and move to higher ground.

Nearly 21,000 people remain in shelters managed by the state four days after the storm, CBS reported.

 

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