California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

California crews deploy to restore power lost in Irma

The state's emergency management officials said the storm cut power to more than 6.5 million account holders across the state as of Monday afternoon.

"This is likely to be one of the largest and most complex power restoration efforts in US history", said Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in USA history.

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort.

Georgia reported more than 570,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and there were 80,000 in SC.

The crews will help with power restoration efforts.

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Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, the second most severe on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Florida outages for Duke, the state's second biggest power company serving the northern and central parts of the state, remained at about 1.2 million overnight, according to the company's website, while Duke's outages in North and SC climbed to about 160,000. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm by Monday morning.

FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

It threatens to knock out power to more than 4.1 million homes and businesses served by FPL, affecting around 9 million people based on the current storm track, the utility's chief executive said.

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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