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Restoration of electricity almost complete

Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

At the peak, Irma knocked out electricity to 6.7 million homes and businesses.

In Monroe County 3,986 homes and businesses were still offline, 6 percent of the customers.

Hardee County had 1,019 of homes and businesses without power, or about 5 percent.

Collier County was down to 2 percent without power, or 5,109 customers.

Lee County was at 1 percent, or 3,452 homes and businesses.

Smaller numbers – 25 to 54 – of outages remained in Broward, Charlotte, Glades and Polk counties.

A state update indicated 1,530 of those without power were customers of Florida Power & Light in Collier and Lee counties. The rest of the power outages are customers of municipal utilities or electric cooperatives.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

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