More Than 1 Million Without Power in Florida

Irma may bring light rain to Maryland starting Tuesday, forecasters say

Rick Scott says at least 76,000 people are without power as Irma unleashes winds and rain on the state.

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.

Florida Power and Light said on its website that more than half of those outages were in the Miami-Dade area, where about 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.

So far, the brunt of the storm has affected Florida Power & Light's (FPL) customers in the southern and eastern sections of the state.

About 574,000 of those outages were in Miami-Dade County, while there were 360,000 in Broward and almost 136,000 in Palm Beach County.

A series of explosions and meltdowns occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant after a massive natural disaster unleashed a powerful tsunami that shut the facility's cooling systems and led to meltdowns.

Palm Beach County is faring better with 135,730 out of 739,000 customers without power. "We are preparing for the worst and will likely have to rebuild parts of our service territory", Silagy said, noting the kinds of winds expected could snap concrete poles. It could become a Category 5 at any time. Emera's Tampa Electric utility said the storm could affect up to 500,000 of the 730,000 homes and businesses it serves.

"We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the USA", he said. On Sunday, Gould said its nuclear plants were safe.

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