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Gov. Scott frustrated by slow restoration of North Florida electricity

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September

The winds and rains of Hurricane Hermine have passed, but one problem persists: Power is out across North Florida.

In Leon County, where Tallahassee is the biggest city, 57 percent are without power more than 24 hours after storm hit. In sparsely populated Wakulla County, where the hurricane made landfall, 72 percent are.

That is a problem for Gov. Rick Scott who last night brought county officials in to demand faster response.

"Look," Scott said Saturday, sounding frustrated. "I'd like 100 percent power. We all would."

Included among those without power are employees working in the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate statewide recovery from Hermine.

The City of Tallahassee tweeted at several residents late Friday that crews were "drawing back" and would resume work in the morning. The city has since promised Scott that city utility employees would work around the clock and posted new tweets saying "We have crews responding 24/7."

Scott, speaking at the state Emergency Operations Center on Saturday, said he wants to see faster progress. Private power companies, including Gulf Power and Florida Power and Light have offered to help Tallahassee's municipal electric company and the Talquin Electric Cooperative.

Local officials are expected to update him at 5 p.m. in Tallahassee.

Update: An earlier version of this post said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had tweeted about crews stopping for the night. It has been corrected.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2016 3:59pm]

    

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