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11 September 2017, 12:13 | Erma Lawrence
Thousands Without Power In Coastal And South Georgia From Irma
Over 2.4 million homes and businesses have lost power in Florida, the major utilities said on Sunday, as Hurricane Irma pummeled the state.
FPL said Sunday that it had gone ahead with a partial shutdown of one of its nuclear power plants, but that the other continued to be fully operational and remained safe.
The company, which serves about 10 million power customers across almost half of Florida, may have to physically rebuild parts of the power system, Gould said. Both are on Florida's Atlantic Coast, which is bracing to get hit very hard by Irma's ferocious winds. "This is a very powerful storm and every bit of Florida is going to feel its wrath". Palm Beach County had more than 40,000 outages. If the hurricane continues on its present track and strength, Florida's west coast could be more of a "rebuild" to restore power, he said.
FPL also warned residents to stay away from downed power lines.
Duke Energy Corp., the state's second-largest utility, has estimated it could see more than 1 million outages because of Irma. It could become a Category 5 at any time.
For many, it will now be a waiting game because FPL crews can't work to restore power once winds reach 35 miles per hour or higher. So far, that's about 1,000 more crew assembled for Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The inspectors will remain at the nuclear plant sites and the incident response center will remain staffed until the agency is assured that the storm no longer poses a risk to these facilities, the agency said.
But after the storm has ended, FPL asks customers to report their outages, just in case there's some damage that is affecting the location.
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