Florida begins long recovery after Hurricane Irma

Playing pool during a power outage from Hurricane Irma Lisa Borruso used a headlamp to line up a shot at Gators' Crossroads in Naples Fla. Monday. Millions of people had their power knocked out by the storm — and some outages will continue for

In all, nearly 1.8 million FPL homes and businesses had lost power.

More than 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada were involved in the restoration efforts, including those from the affected companies and other utilities, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group.

FPL said on Wednesday it had provided power to some parts of a nursing home where people died after the facility lost electricity during Irma and that the home was not on a list "critical facilities" prioritized for emergency power restoration.

Much of the state has not yet felt the full brunt of the storm as Irma barreled across the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and headed for the state's southwest coast with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it a Category 4 storm, the second worst on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Most outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. That was down from a peak over 1.4 million on Monday night.




Duke warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could exceed 1 million.

The crews will help with power restoration efforts. It gradually weakened as it headed through the state, becoming a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday.

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.

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.

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