Tropical Storm Irma: Florida Has 6.5 Million Without Power, Georgia Dealing With 1.5 Million In The Dark

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Highlight Hollywood has confirmed nearly 6.5 million customers were without power in Florida Sunday night as Hurricne Irma worked its way up the state’s west coast.   The largest number of customers without power, more than 3.3 million, were with Florida Power and Light.

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Duke Energy reported more than 1.2 million customers were without power and Tampa Electric reported about 328,000 customers in the dark.

 

The number of customers without power jumped by more than 400,000 in 15 minutes between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Sunday.

 

Orlando Utility Commission officials said 60 percent of their customers are without power.

Officials urge residents who see a noticeable drop in their water pressure to boil their water, since crews are still assessing the full extent of damage to water mains.  The utility has 450 linemen and 250 tree trimmers coming from other states.

 

“Throughout the next few days, you’re going to see bucket trucks from all over the country descending here in Central Florida,” said OUC spokesperson Tim Trudell.

 

The storm weakened substantially after unleashing hurricane-strength winds in Florida and the Caribbean. But even as a tropical storm, Irma packed a powerful punch.

 

Metro Atlanta — which shut down schools, governments and even mass transit in advance of Irma — was pummeled by rain and wind on Monday that sent stately tulip poplars and oak trees careening into houses. Irma ushered in Atlanta’s first-ever tropical storm warning.

 

By Monday night, utility crews were scrambling to restore power to some 1.5 million Georgians in the dark. And some of the Floridians who had fled to Georgia to escape Irma were taking to the roads to return home, despite pleas by Gov. Nathan Deal to stay put until the storm had passed.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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