Red numbers on a big screen showing customers without power from Hurricane Matthew shot well past half a million and kept rising by the minute at Florida Power & Light’s West Palm Beach storm headquarters Friday morning.
“We’re still rising,” Manuel Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery, told power company colleagues. With 1 million more customers in the storm’s path, Miranda said it may be a while yet before the company can “start the downward turn” in outage numbers.
Homes and businesses without power in the wake of Hurricane Matthew stood at 586,340 at 9:40 a.m. About 196,000 customers had seen power restored.
In Palm Beach County, about 100,000 of the company’s 732,000 customers lost power and 47,000 were still out, according to the last update FPL has provided.
About half of Martin County’s 92,000 customers lost power and 41,800 of St. Lucie County’s 124,000 customers had no electricity. County updates can lag somewhat behind events on the ground.
FPL’s 4.8 million customers are located mostly in southern and eastern Florida.