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More than 50,000 Tampa Bay homes still without power but help coming

Duke Energy and TECO say they will have most customers online by end of the weekend.
Heather Danenhower, with Duke Energy, walks among around 2.000 utility trucks that are staged in a rural lot in The Villages of Sumter County on Wednesday morning. They were staging in preparation for Hurricane Ian, which has made landfall in Florida.
Heather Danenhower, with Duke Energy, walks among around 2.000 utility trucks that are staged in a rural lot in The Villages of Sumter County on Wednesday morning. They were staging in preparation for Hurricane Ian, which has made landfall in Florida. [ STEPHEN M. DOWELL | Orlando Sentinel ]
Published Oct. 1

About 56,000 Tampa Bay area homes were still without power Saturday afternoon, three days after Hurricane Ian’s winds and toppled trees ripped down and damaged power lines.

Duke Energy reported about 190,000 outages across Florida as of Saturday. That includes just over 4,000 in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The utility expects to have 90% of its Tampa Bay customers restored by tonight, according to a news release.

Our crews are working tirelessly to restore power throughout our Florida territory,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president in a statement. “We know there are pockets of hard-hit areas that will require more extensive work. We are grateful for the patience of those without power, and we will continue to do everything possible to restore service as quickly as possible.”

Duke workers have restored power to more than 878,000 customers across Florida since Hurricane Ian barreled across the state. It has about 1.9 million customers in Florida.

Related: One-third of customers lost power in Pinellas and Hillsborough during Ian

Tampa Electric Co., is reporting just over 52,000 Tampa area customers were still awaiting repairs as of 4 p.m. Saturday. The company has restored power to 243,000 customers, or 82 percent of those affected by the storm, according to a news release sent Saturday.

It expects to restore power to the vast majority of customers by Sunday night, although some areas in Polk and eastern Hillsborough counties that suffered more damage may not be online until Monday, the company said.

“We are making substantial and steady progress, and our focus is on the customers who are still patiently waiting for power to be restored,” said Archie Collins, president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric in a news release. “There is nothing more important to us than getting your power back on, as safely and quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued patience, and rest assured, the employees of Tampa Electric will continue working day and night until your power is restored.”

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Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Ian coverage

HOW TO HELP: Where to donate or volunteer to help Hurricane Ian victims.

FEMA: Floridians hurt by Ian can now apply for FEMA assistance. Here’s how.

THE STORM HAS PASSED: Now what? Safety tips for returning home.

POST-STORM QUESTIONS: After Hurricane Ian, how to get help with fallen trees, food, damaged shelter.

WEATHER EFFECTS: Hurricane Ian was supposed to slam Tampa Bay head on. What happened?

WHAT TO DO IF HURRICANE DAMAGES YOUR HOME: Stay calm, then call your insurance company.

SCHOOLS: Will schools reopen quickly after Hurricane Ian passes? It depends.

MORE STORM COVERAGE: Get ready and stay informed at tampabay.com/hurricane.

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