351,000 come through second night without power
People at more than 351,000 homes and businesses smashed by Hurricane Michael Wednesday are getting up in the dark for the second morning, though the numbers without power have been trimmed by about 50,000 since the peak of the blackout Thursday morning.
And Gov. Rick Scott announced he is authorizing state- and federally-backed push crews to go into affected areas to clear debris in advance of power companies’ power restoration crews.
Still almost entirely in the dark are Bay County, which took the brunt of Michael’s fury, and seven other Panhandle counties where more than 90 percent of residents and businesses still were wtihout eletricity at 6 a.m. Friday, according to the latest report from the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
In Bay County a handful of customers have goten the power back, but still 94 percent, 111,000 homes and businesses, are without electricity Friday.
In Leon County, seated by Tallahassee, another 111,000 homes and busineses still are in the dark. That’s 77 percent of the state Capital’s electricity customers.
In Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson and Liberty counties no one has electricity. None of those counties has more than 30,000 electricity customers, but they’re all without