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Those crews are expected to set up a base camp and tent city as part of a long-time effort to restore power. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort. At 1 pm EDT, almost 1.6 million were without power while about 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices, FPL said.

Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks.

As people across the Tampa Bay area and Florida get their lights turned back on, millions on Tuesday are still waking up in the dark.

Meanwhile, Duke Energy reported Monday morning that more than 860,000 of the homes and businesses it serves in Florida were without power.

The state's gas supplies were severely disrupted before and during the storm as ports were closed, cutting Florida off from waterborne deliveries the state relies on.

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.

That surcharge was capped at around $4 per month for the average residential customer, according to NextEra's 2016 annual report.

FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dropped to around 1.9 million customers on Wednesday from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday.

St Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state'seast coast, about 120 miles north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami.


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