Hurricane Irma: FPL could expect over 4 million customers without power

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This morning, Florida Power & Light tweeted that they are mobilizing the largest restoration workforce ever assembled in the company's history.

More than 6.5 million Florida homes and businesses are now without power after Hurricane Irma moved through the state, according to the state's emergency management division.

Winds must be below 35 miles per hour before crews can return to work.

"Power, power, power", Gov. Rick Scott said. "But our priority is to restore our customers' power, and we will work day and night until everyone's lights are back on".

The Irma blackout is still much smaller than a 2003 outage that put 50 million people in the dark.

Help is coming from as far away as Canada.

In addition to downed power lines and flying debris from Hurricane Irma, EEI warned that criminals have been impersonating electric company employees in some parts of the state.

On Tuesday, the company announced that it expected to have the lights back on by the end of the weekend for the east coast.

Philip Dennen, a Korean War vet who safely rode out Hurricane Irma with his wife in their boarded up Florida home in Sarasota, now worries about the loss of electricity needed for his oxygen supply.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Friday it has dispatched additional inspectors to the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear plants in Florida in preparation for the effects of Hurricane Irma on those sites.

Gov. Rick Scott said 30,000 workers from out of state are assisting efforts to bring back power to almost 5 million customers.

In South Carolina, about 55,000 customers were without power, according to Duke Energy and SCE&G.

The forecast for the next week in Miami calls for daytime highs in the mid- to upper 80s (29 to 32 degrees Celsius) with humidity between 70 and 80 percent.

"I don't like to think about that", he said of the prospect of an extended outage.

Brady said some food in the refrigerator may go bad, but the family had other things to eat - and neighbors with generators.

The Dutch Navy has released photo of damaged airport aftermath of Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten.

Some Floridians may have to suffer without air conditioning and basic power for an unimaginable length of time as some estimates look at weeks before power is restored throughout the whole state.

"Restoring power to our Gulf Power customers will be our priority".

"You're sacrificing a lot", he said by phone from Florida.

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