About 1.5m homes left with­out power in Hur­ri­cane Irma’s wake

Florida’s big­gest util­ity work­ing to re­store power to its cus­tomers still in the dark

Gulf News - - Americas -

About 1.5 mil­lion homes and busi­nesses in Florida and Georgia re­mained with­out power on Fri­day after Hur­ri­cane Irma, in­clud­ing 46 of Florida’s nearly 700 nurs­ing homes caught in the deadly storm’s path.

Irma, 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. Sev­eral hard-hit Caribbean is­lands, in­clud­ing Puerto Rico and the US Vir­gin Is­lands, suf­fered more than half the fa­tal­i­ties.

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 storm’s death toll grew to at least 33 peo­ple in Florida after a wo­man died of sus­pected car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing from a gen­er­a­tor in Palm Beach County. A to­tal of eight oth­ers died in Georgia and the Caroli­nas. North Carolina re­ported its first Irma death on Fri­day, say­ing a man there also had died of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing from a gen­er­a­tor.

Eight el­derly peo­ple died ear­lier last week after be­ing ex­posed to the heat in­side a nurs­ing home north of Mi­ami that had been left with­out full air con­di­tion­ing after the hur­ri­cane hit.


Don Man­ley (left) and Pe­dro Castel­lano pull Man­ley’s boat, loaded with res­i­dents’ be­long­ings, along a flooded Chap­man Av­enue in Bonita Springs, Florida, on Septem­ber 15.

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