Hurricane Irma Could Leave 3.4 Million Floridians Without Power

[9/10/17]  One of Florida’s primary public utility companies said Saturday that it is preparing to deal with the largest number of power outages in U.S. history.

Florida Power and Light (FPL) estimates that 3.4 million Floridians could be without power during Hurricane Irma, which is currently making its way toward the western portion of Florida. More than 76,000 people in the state are already without power, according to Gov. Rick Scott.

If all those households do lose power, then it could be the largest number of outages any utility company has ever had to grapple with, FPL spokesman Chris McGrath told reporters.

“We think this could be the most challenging restoration in the history of the U.S.,” he said.

FPL plowed nearly $3 billion into smart grid technologies and stronger infrastructure, which helped the state utility limit the damage from last year’s Hurricane Matthew, but the wind gusts from Irma could prove more challenging, according to McGrath.