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Over 6 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Over 6 million lose power from Irma in US Southeast - utilities

Everybody FPL has available is "already being deployed" and the company is trying to secure more workers from out of state to help, Silagy said, including some crews who were assisting in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

FPL said on Friday that Irma could affect around 4.1 million customers, but that was before the storm track shifted away from the eastern side of the state. FPL, a unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's largest power company, said its total outages dipped to about 2.5 million customers by Tuesday evening from a peak of over 3.6 million early on Monday.

More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in south Florida were without power from Hurricane Irma on Sunday, the state's largest utility said, and repairs to its system will take weeks, threatening to leave millions in the dark.

Florida Power & Light, the state's major electricity provider, says it has almost 20,000 workers deployed around the state.

Irma hit southwest Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Major utilities in Florida - including NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Corp and Emera Inc's Tampa Electric - have mobilized tens of thousands of workers to deal with the outages after Irma landed early Sunday and carved a destructive path up Florida, which has a population of about 20 million. Its customers are concentrated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

FPL has warned customers to prepare for outages that could last weeks if Irma requires the utility to rebuild parts of its service territory.

Millions of people in the state were ordered to evacuate in preparation for the storm and hundreds of shelters have been opened.

In Georgia, utilities reported nearly 390,000 customers without power. FPL reduced power at one reactor at the St. Lucie nuclear plant due to salt buildup in a switchyard from Irma.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

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