Hurricane Matthew: More than 1 million lost power

FPL's command  center in West Palm Beach. (Charles Elmore/Palm Beach Post)

FPL’s command center in West Palm Beach. (Charles Elmore/Palm Beach Post)

Hurricane Matthew punched out the lights on more than 1 million homes and businesses, updated figures showed Friday afternoon.

The power should be back on by the end of Saturday for virtually all 100,000 hit by outages in Palm Beach County, Florida Power & Light officials said.

The prospects were not quite as bright further north. With winds still gusting in some areas, FPL was unable to say when more than 1o0,000 customers without power in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties as of Friday afternoon can expect to get it back.

“We have thousands of workers in the field and ready to work around the clock until every one of our customers has their power back on,” said Eric Silagy, the power company’s president and chief executive officer.

FPL  serves about 4.8 million homes and businesses, representing more than 10 million people living and working at those sites.

By 3 p.m. Friday, about 33,500 of FPL’s 732,000 Palm Beach County customers still had no power. A similar number lacked it in Martin County and more than 42,000 went without in St. Lucie County.

FPL expected to restore power to all customers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and most in Palm Beach County by the end of the day Friday.

More than 330,000 homes and businesses statewide had seen power come back on by late Friday afternoon. Investments of more than $2 billion in recent years to make its system more durable have helped reduce restoration times, utility officials said.

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