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Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas.

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Gulf Coast Florida communities recovering from the hurricane on Thursday, praising first-responders for their role in limiting the loss of life. As of 11 a.m. Friday, 1.8 million customers were without power.

FirstEnergy utility employees, who pulled out of town last week, are working to restore power in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Most of those costs were related to Matthew, which caused a third as many outages as Irma did for FPL.

State emergency managers reported Friday that 1.92 million homes and businesses still don't have electricity.

Over 100 people were evacuated from the building to a nearby shelter.

According to St. Johns County, Florida Power & Light (FPL) and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout the county.

The faster restoration time was due to $3 billion FPL spent on improvements including underground lines, concrete poles and intelligent devices to help restore power, Gould said.

Tampa Electric said in a statement their crews have restored power to more than 90% of the 750,000 customers impacted by the storm. They said it would take until September 22 to get electricity back to the majority of customers in southwest Florida. "If you are still without power, we want you to know we are coming". The company said it estimates it will have power restored to nearly all customers along its east coast service area by the end of the day on September 17 and for customers along the west coast by September 22. It made landfall at Marco Island as a Category 3 that afternoon, and headed up the state, leaving almost 2 million people without power, according to Florida Power & Light.

"Right now, tens of thousands of people across our state are working day and night to get power restored", Gov. Scott added.


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