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Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

Power out for 2.2 million as restoration continues

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

Eight elderly resident of a Florida nursing home died Wednesday.

State numbers showed outages for about 2.2 million customer accounts, with Florida Power & Light - by far the state's largest utility - accounting for about 1.27 million of that total.

More than 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada were involved in the restoration efforts, including those from the affected companies and other utilities, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group. On Monday, when Florida was at the height of the power outages, 6.7 million accounts were impacted. That number is almost a million fewer than Thursday morning.

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Four days after facing Hurricane Irma's impact, hundreds of thousands of people in South Florida are still without power. "We will not stop until 100 percent of Florida homes and businesses have power so all families can get back to their normal lives". The highest number of outages is in Highlands County, Florida, where some 84 percent of those in the central peninsula area remain without power.

Police obtained a search warrant on Thursday in their criminal investigation into the deaths while Florida's healthcare agency ordered a Miami-area nursing home suspended from the state Medicaid program. A workforce of more than 21,500 employees and contractors from almost 30 states and Canada have worked around the clock. He held calls with utility companies and directed the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to provide law enforcement escorts to utility vehicles to ensure that they can quickly and safely reach communities still in need.

Irma rampaged through the Caribbean, devastating several islands and raking the northern shore of Cuba last week before barreling into the Florida Keys island chain on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km/h).


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