372,000 customers without power in Orange County, 1.1 million in Central Florida – Florida Politics

372,000 customers without power in Orange County, 1.1 million in Central Florida

Central Florida is mainly dealing with power outages throughout, with more than 1.1 million residences and businesses reported without electricity Monday, a situation that also plagues traffic lights and other services.

With an estimated 372,000 residences and businesses without power and counting countywide, Orange County’s curfew remains in effect through 6 p.m. Monday.

The Orange County Office of Emergency Management reported that nearly half the traffic signals in Orange County are out, and street debris is a problem county-wide.

As of noon, there were 6.5 million customers without power statewide. That included 356,000 in Orange, 121,000 in Lake County, 39,000 in Osceola County, 226,000 in Brevard County, 222,000 in Volusia County, and 157,000 in Seminole County.

Osceola County’s curfew also remains in effect until 6 p.m. Seminole County lifted its curfew at 11 a.m. Monday.

Orange County Utilities’ post-storm assessment has confirmed that all regional water treatment facilities and the County’s drinking water system are operational and safe with no system-wide precautionary boil water advisories in place. Orange County Utilities has received reports of one water main break and multiple individual service line breaks that may be affecting customers in isolated areas and are working to address these impacts, the county reported.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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