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Hurricane Ian Threatens to Leave Florida in the Dark for Days

  • Governor DeSantis says power outages will be widespread
  • Utilities are marshalling 30,000 workers to restore power
St. Pete Beach bay as Hurricane Ian arrives on September 28 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Pete Beach bay as Hurricane Ian arrives on September 28 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Photographer: Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Florida’s biggest utility warned customers they could be without electricity for days as Hurricane Ian threatens catastrophic damage to the state’s power grid. 

Florida Power & Light, which has spent billions of dollars fortifying its power system since a rash of hurricanes wrecked the state more than a decade ago, said Wednesday that it was expecting “widespread outages” across much of its service territory and was preparing to potentially rebuild parts of its system. Duke Energy also warned of extensive blackouts.