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Hurricane causing massive power outages along east coast



By midday Friday, Hurricane Matthew had ripped up power lines and disrupted electric service to 826,920 customers in 25 counties, the state Division of Emergency Management reported Friday.

The bulk of the outages -- 615,000 -- are within Florida Power & Light's territory and comprise 13 percent of the company's 4.8 million customers. 

The majority of the outages were in the path of the storm's Category 3 winds as the storm continued to pummel the coast. The county with the most outages was in Volusia County, where 78 percent of the utility customers faced outages; 69 percent of the customers in Flagler County and 61 percent of the customers in Brevard County.

Jacksonville Electric Authority, the major utility in Duval County, reported at 12:50 p.m. that 10 percent of its customers 41,000, were without power.

FPL reported 9,800 customers without power in Miami-Dade and Broward counties but said it hoped to restore power by the end of the day.

Duke Energy reported 115,000 outages, and municipal electric companies, not including JEA, reported 74,000 outages.

Graphic: Kara Dapena, Miami Herald

[Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2016 3:13pm]


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