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Friday night and no lights: Storms leaves 1 million without power



Florida's power grid continued to become a casualty of Hurricane Matthew as the number of utility customers without power rose to 1.1 million late Friday. 
Sustained winds of more than 60 mph toppled power lines and water from the storm surge threatened transformers for all four electricity supplier that services Florida's east coast. 
Florida Power & Light, the state's largest electric company, was hit the hardest, reporting that 681,000 homes and businesses -- 14 percent of its 4.8 million customers -- were without power by 6 p.m. Friday. 
Jacksonville Electric Authority, the municipal power company that serves the territory facing major flooding Friday, reported 208,000 customers without power at 7 p.m. Friday. Duke Energy said that 164,000 customers faced outages at the end of the day, and another 6,000 customers to cooperative electrics said power was down.

Graphic: Kara Dapena, Miami Herald

[Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2016 7:36pm]


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