The number of customers without power was around 200,000 on Friday afternoon in the Tampa Bay area, two days after Hurricane Ian swept the area.
Tampa Electric Co. reported that about 132,000 customers were without power as of 5:30 p.m. across the company’s coverage area, which includes Hillsborough County. The outages were widespread across the county, though they were particularly acute in east Hillsborough, near Plant City, Brandon, Riverview, Ruskin and Sun City Center.
Tampa Electric plans to have power restored to most customers by Sunday night, according to a statement released Friday, though some areas of east Hillsborough and Polk County may not have power until Monday, the company said.
In Pinellas County, at least 64,000 remained without power late Friday afternoon, according to Duke Energy’s online outage map. About another 266 Duke Energy customers in Pasco County also were without power.
The company expects power to be back in all of Pinellas and Pasco counties by Saturday night, according to a statement released Friday.
The numbers have steadily declined since Thursday morning, when power restoration crews dispersed into communities to assess and repair the damage. More than half of the about 509,000 customers who lost power during the storm had it restored by 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The more than half-a-million locations in Tampa Bay were part of 2.7 million statewide without power.
Across Florida, Duke Energy announced Friday it had restored power to more than 650,000 customers. Duke Energy provides power to 1.9 million customers in Florida. More than 1 million of them lost power during Hurricane Ian.
Crews from other states, including Texas, Oklahoma and Indiana, have come to Florida to assist in repair and restoration efforts.
There were no specific estimates on how long it would take to address all outages.
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