Thousands lose power as Irma nears south Florida

Thousands lose power as Irma nears south Florida

Thousands lose power as Irma nears south Florida

Irma approached Naples on the state's west coast with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kph), making it a risky Category 3 storm, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The good news in South Florida is that recovery from power outages caused by Hurricane Irma is now expected to be a fix job, FPL spokesman Rob Gould said Saturday at a mid-day news conference.

As Hurricane Irma's winds and thunderstorms swept through South Florida on Saturday, almost 194,000 homes and businesses in the tri-county region lost power, according to Florida Power & Light.

Strong Wind Rain Lash Fort Pierce Florida
Strong Wind Rain Lash Fort Pierce Florida

FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

The post attributed the news to local Fox affiliate WSVN Channel 7 and says that as the massive storm makes it way closer to Florida, customers won't have power.

As of 10 p.m., there were 118,608 outages in Miami-Dade, 64,270 in Broward, and 10,879 in Palm Beach County.

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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 is a historic storm, as you've seen, and we do expect that millions of customers could be impacted by this before it's all said and done".

Hurricane Irma has knocked out power to about 2 million homes and businesses in Florida and threatens millions more as it creeps up the state's west coast, with full restoration of service to take weeks. That is a decrease from the Category 5 designation Irma previously held. So far, that's about 1,000 more crew assembled for Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Eight Bakersfield PG&E line workers boarded a plane heading for Florida to help with power restoration efforts following Hurricane Irma. On Sunday, Gould said its nuclear plants were safe.

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But after the storm has ended, FPL asks customers to report their outages, just in case there's some damage that is affecting the location.

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