About 1.3 million lose power in Florida from Irma, utility says

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The company, which serves about 10 million power customers across almost half of Florida, may have to physically rebuild parts of the power system, Gould said.

The storm has so far demolished almost everything in its path.

"Let me be perfectly clear: do not let your guard down, do not become complacent", he said during a Sunday press conference, which was briefly interrupted due to a loss of power.

The same applied to the utility's nuclear plant in Jensen Beach.

Duke warned its 1.8 million customers in northern and central Florida that outages could exceed 1 million.

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Present forecast models are showing it hitting the tip of Florida on Sunday morning and raking the whole state as it moves north over the peninsula the following couple of days, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Silagy said that was a technique that worked during Super Storm Sandy in the Northeast and FPL found it worked during Hurricane Matthew previous year. It could become a Category 5 at any time. Still, utilities continued to prepare customers for extended loss of electricity.

FPL said it had shut down one of Turkey Point's two nuclear reactors.

Most Florida residents have not experienced a major storm since 2005, when total outages peaked around 3.6 million during Hurricane Wilma that year.

"FPL has built the most sophisticated and strongest power grid in the nation". He expects thousands of miles (kilometers) of poles and lines will need to be replaced, particularly on the Gulf coast. "A storm of this magnitude an intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild out electric system from the ground up, particularly on the west coast. Right now, more than 16,000 workers have descended on the state from 30 states, including Canada".

He said 17,000 restoration workers from as far away as California and MA are already stationed around the state, but it will take time to rebuild the system.