Oct 12 (Reuters) – More than 1.1 million homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast were without power on Friday after Hurricane Michael and its remnants marched from Florida to Virginia, according to local power companies. Some customers in the hardest hit parts of Florida may have to wait weeks for power to be restored, the utilities said. In total, Michael caused over 2.6 million outages since hitting the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). Southern Co’s Gulf Power unit said it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit parts of Florida like the Panama City area. In Georgia, Southern’s Georgia Power unit said it expects to restore service to most customers over the next couple of days with those in the hardest hit areas by Oct. 16. Duke Energy Corp said its roughly 6,000 workers have already restored power to more than half of the estimated 670,000 customers who lost power in the Carolinas. The company, however, said some outages in the hardest hit areas could take several days to repair.
The following table lists major outages according to utility companies:
Power Company State/Prov Out Now Served
Duke – Carolinas NC, SC 321,300 4,040,000 Dominion NC, VA 317,400 2,610,600 Georgia co-ops GA 128,900 2,000,000 Southern – Gulf Power FL 106,200 457,100 City of Tallahassee FL 74,100 113,000 Southern – Georgia Power GA 69,100 2,441,300 Talquin Electric Co-op FL 46,700 52,000 North Carolina Electric Co-ops NC 42,500 950,000 Duke – Florida FL 25,900 1,800,000 AEP – Appalachian Power WV, VA, TN 18,900 1,033,600 FirstEnergy – New Jersey NJ 6,100 1,112,500 Exelon – PECO PA 4,000 1,635,400 Rappahannock Electric Co-op VA 3,600 165,000 Southern Maryland Electric Co-op MD 1,500 160,000 Total 1,166,200
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino Editing by Frances Kerry and Leslie Adler)