Still in dark after Irma

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

ABOUT 1.5 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses in Florida and Georgia re­mained with­out power after they were caught in Hur­ri­cane Irma’s deadly path.

Irma, which ranked as one of the most pow­er­ful At­lantic storms on record be­fore strik­ing the US main­land as a Cat­e­gory 4 hur­ri­cane on Septem­ber 10, killed at least 84 peo­ple.

Florida Power & Light, owned by Nex­tEra En­ergy Inc and the state’s big­gest elec­tric com­pany, said it was work­ing “ag­gres­sively” to re­store power to the 23 per cent of its cus­tomers still in the dark.

The util­ity had never be­fore had to deal with a storm af­fect­ing its en­tire ser­vice ter­ri­tory, com­pany spokesman Rob Gould said.

“It will go down as one of the largest and most com­plex restora­tion ef­forts in his­tory,” he said.

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