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Florida’s Biggest Utility Reconnects 99% of Customers After Ian

  • Florida Power & Light on pace to reconnect most by late Friday
  • But thousands of homes and businesses too damaged to reconnect
Florida Power & Light Co. emergency response team workers following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla., on Oct. 3.

Florida Power & Light Co. emergency response team workers following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Fla., on Oct. 3.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

Florida’s largest electric utility said it had restored service to 99% of customers blacked-out by Hurricane Ian and remained on track to reconnect the rest by late Friday. 

Florida Power & Light, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., reported that 31,000 homes and businesses in its territory remained without power as of 4 p.m. Friday, down from 2.1 million in the storm’s immediate aftermath. However, “thousands” of homes and businesses have been so badly damaged that they can’t safely accept electricity service, FPL said in the statement. Statewide, more than 110,362 customer accounts still lack electricity nine days after Ian made landfall, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that tracks blackouts.