Factbox-Over a million customers without power in Florida from Hurricane Ian


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Factbox-Over a million customers without power in Florida from Hurricane Ian © Reuters. A view of a closed restaurant by the beach ahead of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S. September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

(Reuters) – More than 1.3 million homes and businesses were without power in Florida as Hurricane Ian hit the state’s west coast on Wednesday, according to local power companies.

Some utilities have started to restore customers now that the storm has passed southern Florida even though the number of outages continues to increase as the storm heads inland.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ian was causing catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula. The storm was located about 120 miles (190 kilometers) south-southwest of Orlando, Florida, and was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kph) at 5 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT).

The utility with the most outages so far was Florida Power & Light Co (FPL), a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:). FPL has activated its emergency response plan, which includes mobilizing more than 13,000 personnel to support power restoration efforts.

Major outages by utility:

Power Company State/Pro Out Now Customers Served


NextEra – FPL FL 5,280,000


Lee County Electric Co-op FL 238,000


Duke Energy (NYSE:) – Florida FL 1,766,000


Peace River Electric Co-op FL 55,300


Emera – Tampa Electric FL 800,000


Others FL


Total Out


Source: Company web sites, Poweroutage.us

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