Lights still out for 6.1 million USA customers after Irma: utilities

Nuclear plants in Hurricane Irma's path are shutting down

Florida outages for Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, held at around 1.2 million, according to the company's website, and Duke's outages in North and SC eased below a peak of 160,000. Emera's Tampa Electric utility said the storm could affect up to 500,000 of the 730,000 homes and businesses it serves.

Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. The workers are going in response to a request for assistance from Georgia Power and Tampa Electric officials.

The faster restoration time was due to $3 billion FPL spent on improvements including underground lines, concrete poles and intelligent devices to help restore power, Gould said. About 17,000 were helping FPL, almost 8,000 at Duke and more than 1,300 at Emera.

Workers left last Thursday and arrived in Florida on Saturday.

Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas because infrastructure systems in some of those places will need to be rebuilt.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe.

Over 5 million households across the state remained without power as off Tuesday morning at 6 a.m., and while that number remains high, it's a major decrease from Monday's total of 13 million.

St Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state'seast coast, about 120 miles north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami. The plant, which is on Irma's current forecast track, stopped operating in 2009 and retired in 2013.

"There is nothing to indicate there is any concern for the spent fuel stored at Crystal River".

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