October 10, 2018 / 4:48 PM / 2 months ago

FACTBOX-Hurricane Michael cuts power to over 403,000 in Florida, Georgia, Alabama

    Oct 10 (Reuters) - More than 403,000 homes and businesses in
Florida, Georgia and Alabama were without power on Wednesday as
Hurricane Michael battered the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to local
power companies.
    Michael, the fiercest storm to hit Florida in a quarter
century, was downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane. It made
landfall early in the afternoon near Mexico Beach, about 20 miles
(32 km) southeast of Panama City in Florida's Panhandle region,
with top sustained winds reaching 155 miles per hour (249 kph).

    The storm came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane on the
five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
    Duke Energy Corp estimated Hurricane Michael could
cause between 100,000 and 200,000 of its customers to lose power
in Florida. The company said some outages could last several days
to more than a week.
    The following table lists major outages according to utility
companies:
    
 Power Company                State      Out Now         Served 
 Southern - Gulf Power         FL            116,200      457,100 
 Duke - Florida                FL             33,500    1,800,000 
 City of Tallahassee           FL             95,100      113,000 
 Georgia cooperatives          GA             57,000    2,000,000 
 Southern - Georgia Power      GA             69,800    2,441,300 
 Southern - Alabama Power      AL             29,000    1,400,000 
 NextEra - Florida              FL             2,700     4,995,700
                                                                  
                              Total          403,300              
 
    
 (Reporting by K. Sathya Narayanan, Swati Verma in Bengaluru and
Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney)
  
 
 
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