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Restoration Of Power Nears Completion In Most Of Florida

A JEA crew works on power restoration in the Egrets Bluee area after Hurricane Irma.
A JEA crew works on power restoration in the Egrets Bluee area after Hurricane Irma.

Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

At the peak, Irma knocked out electricity to 6.7 million homes and businesses.

A check at 3 p.m. Friday showed 10 customers listed without power on JEA’s outage map.

In Monroe County 3,986 homes and businesses were still offline, representing six percent of the customers. Hardee County had 1,019 of homes and businesses without power, or about five percent.

Collier County was down to two percent without power, or 5,109 customers. Lee County was at one percent, or 3,452 homes and businesses.

Smaller numbers --- 25 to 54 --- of outages remained in Broward, Charlotte, Glades and Polk counties.

A state update indicated 1,530 of those without power were customers of Florida Power & Light in Collier and Lee counties. The rest of the power outages are customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

WJCT contributed to this story.

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