Almost a million Tampa Bay residents still without power after Irma

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More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in south Florida were without power from Hurricane Irma on Sunday, the state's largest utility said, and repairs to its system will take weeks, threatening to leave millions in the dark.

"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest power restoration efforts in US history", Kuhn said.

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys early Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm.

After Hurricane Wilma knocked out power to millions of Floridians, FPL spent $3 billion over the past decade to bolster the power grid.

Hydro One says crews are expected to start crossing the border into the U.S.at about 6 p.m. Monday, and should reach the affected areas by Wednesday afternoon. "That restoration process will be measured in weeks, not days", said FPL spokesman Rob Gould at a news conference.

Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Irma caused the most widespread damage in the company's history.

Duke warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could exceed 1 million.

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Miami's Brickell neighborhood experienced severe flooding and strong winds as Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday, Sept. 10. More than 6.2 million homes and businesses remained without power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters during the storm.

As the storm weakens as it heads toward Georgia, outages have leveled off or even declined at some Florida utilities, while increasing in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

It was too soon to say what the power restoration would cost FPL, but in 2016, the company said it spent about $315 million to restore power after Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, according to NextEra's federal filings.

FPL said it expects to restore essentially all of its customers in the eastern portion of the state by the weekend and the harder-hit western portion Florida by September 22.

Gainesville and Miami had the highest number of stations out of fuel on Tuesday afternoon, with 62 percent and 49 percent respectively, according to GasBuddy.

Workers left last Thursday and arrived in Florida on Saturday.

FPL said its two nuclear plants in Florida were safe. FPL reduced power at one reactor at the St. Lucie nuclear plant due to salt buildup in a switchyard from Irma.

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