52 Percent Of Florida Without Electricity; It Could Be Weeks Before Fully Restored

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Hurricane Irma exited Florida Monday, leaving more than 7 million homes and businesses without electricity – including more than 5.5 million customers in Florida who were still without power the next morning.

A full 52 percent of all homes and businesses in Florida were without power Tuesday morning, according to FloridaDisaster.org.

Damage was so widespread that not even the deployment of 19,500 electrical workers was enough to get things working, Florida Power & Light (FP&L) reported. The damage caused by Irma is the most widespread in FPL’s history, with power off in parts of at least 35 counties, including Miami-Dade.

It will take days and possibly weeks to restore electricity to many of the homes and businesses, FP&L CEO Eric Silagy told the Associated Press. Damage was greatest around Naples on Florida’s West Coast.

“We’ve never had that many outages,” Silagy told The Washington Post.

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