About 37,000 Duke Energy Florida customers were without power around the state as of midnight Wednesday, according to its outage map, about 28,000 of them in Pinellas County alone.
Duke Energy serves more than half a million customers in Pinellas County. Nearly 15,000 outages were reported in the St. Petersburg area. About 10,000 customers in Pasco County were without power. For both counties, Duke Energy doesn’t yet have an estimate for when power will be restored.
In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times earlier Wednesday, spokeswoman Ana Gibbs said the utility anticipates outages along its coastal territories because of high winds. It serves areas from Pinellas County up to Mexico Beach, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. It pulled in 350 contractors from its branches in the midwest and the Carolinas to help restore power after the storm.
Tampa Electric Co., which primarily serves Hillsborough County, reported 6,279 outages as of 10:30 p.m., which was was up from 3,900 outages reported around 9:30 p.m. The bulk of its outages were concentrated in Plant City (1,550 customers).
Tampa Electric, spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said, hasn’t called on out-of-state help based on the current forecast. It has its normal crews and contractors ready to restore power during and after the storm.
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