Duke Energy Florida says 162,800 customers in Florida without power
Duke Energy Florida has damage assessments and restoration efforts underway in the heaviest hit parts of its service area as Hurricane Matthew slowly exits the state. Restorations are largely complete in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. As of 3 p.m., 162,800 customers, mostly in Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Lake counties were still without power. More than 38,000 customers in the state have already been restored. However, the company anticipates more outages will be reported as outer bands of the storm continue to bring heavy wind and rain to the Duke Energy service territory. Crews in Central Florida, where communities saw the heaviest rains and 100-mile-an-hour-plus winds, are making restorations, but in a few areas, efforts are being hampered by the continuing hazardous weather conditions. More than 2,200 line and vegetation personnel are on the ground and an additional 170 Duke Energy crews will be arriving from the Midwest.