Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

Irma, categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, has killed at least 77 people, including 36 in the United States, officials said. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company's history.

The total number of customers, representing about 12 million people, dipped from a peak of more than 7.4 million customers, or about 15 million people, late on Monday.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a unsafe Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have leveled off or even declined at some Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

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The utilities had thousands of workers - some from as far away as California - ready to help restore power once Irma's high winds pass their service areas.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

FPL has warned customers to prepare for outages that could last weeks if Irma requires the utility to rebuild parts of its service territory.

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.

St Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state'seast coast, about 120 miles north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami.

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