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16 September 2017, 11:01 | Winifred Adams

10 Percent of Flagler Residents Expected to Lose Power, Millions More Across Florida

More than 2.1 million customers have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma striking the state

And for some of them, relief from the record-setting statewide outage may not come until this weekend.

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Since Monday, power has been restored to more than 3.5 million homes and businesses in Florida.

The figure represents nearly 60% of the state's electricity users, who were still experiencing power outage as of 9 p.m. EDT Monday, according to the state's Division of Emergency Management.

For all the money Florida Power and Light spent on its "smart grid" system, you'd think the power company could better communicate with the 1.5 million South Florida home and business owners who remain without power in Hurricane Irma's aftermath. Even when you do not see them, our team is working to restore your power.

Irma also threw Florida into an epic gas crisis, turning the minor chore of filling up into what could feel like a fool's errand. Duke Energy Florida reported outages totaling 1.2 million at the height of the storm. "We were on mandatory lockdown for 30 hours in our hotel while we waited for the all-clear from Florida Power & Light to begin restoration work", Tostado said.

Utility officials said they have almost 20,000 workers helping with the restoration effort. "That's not true", he said. "We commend Secretary Perry's ongoing leadership and the commitment of the entire Administration to ensure unity of effort in the Irma response", said Kuhn.

Florida was the hardest-hit state, although electric utilities in Georgia, Alabama, and SC are struggling to restore power to their customers. "We hoped to come inside and cool off a little bit".

The family will consider staying with relatives in other parts of the state if power isn't back in a couple of days.

For some, the outage had already dragged into its fourth day.

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She has spent four nights now without power, watching as nearby Sunken Gardens and Rally's powered back on. "I would caution people to be very patient here", said Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

The St. Lucie plant endured two direct hits weeks apart in 2004 from hurricanes Frances and Jeanne and sustained no damage, Gould said.

Help is coming from as far away as Canada.

There's not just one cause to blame for the widespread outages. Many electrical substations that link transmission lines with local distribution lines were also wrecked by the storm. "Power lines that serve communities and neighborhoods go for miles". "We're conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time".

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas.

"Power, power, power", Florida Gov. Rick Scott said recently. In Pasco County, 118,223 customers were still experiencing outages.

Although much of Florida - and certainly the Tampa Bay area - avoided the worst-case scenarios forecasted by meteorologists, the hurricane still took a significant physical and social toll on our state, which has rendered habitual tasks unusually challenging, if not impossible.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office estimates 100 traffic lights have been compromised by the lack of power in their county, while Pinellas County officials report approximately 300 out-of-service traffic lights in their jurisdiction. The company estimates some of those affected, especially on the west coast, may not have electricity until September 22.

"It's miserably hot", Sieber said. Florida is home to more than 10,000 of the company's employees. The utility companies said they are continuing to assess damage as power is restored.

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