About 1.3 million lose power in Florida from Irma, utility says

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11 September, 2017

Present forecast models are showing it hitting the tip of Florida on Sunday morning and raking the whole state as it moves north over the peninsula the following couple of days, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

According to the Florida Power and Light company's power tracker, more than 50,000 of the outages are located in Miami-Dade county.

"To be clear, FPL has no plans to shut down power to its customers".

A series of explosions and meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant after a massive quake unleashed a powerful tsunami that shut the facility's cooling systems and led to meltdowns. This could take weeks or longer "if Irma's worst fears are realized", he said. Even as Houston flooded, the power stayed on for most, allowing citizens to use TV and radio to stay apprised of danger, or social media to call for help.

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Outages across the state will likely top 4.1 million customers since other utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, will also suffer outages but have not yet estimated how many. More than 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices. That is a decrease from the Category 5 designation Irma previously held.

"We have amassed the largest restoration force in the history of the country to respond to Hurricane Irma".

The NRC inspectors are verifying that all of the preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available to be used if the storm affects off-site power supplies, the agency said in a statement.

FPL's two nuclear plants, Turkey Point and St. Lucie, will be closed on a gradual scale in advance of the onset of winds. At midafternoon local time, they reported only scattered outages.


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