The storm, which was in Florida near the Georgia border, was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 miles (100 km) per hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT).
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida as a powerful Category 4 on Sunday. He said 19,500 electric workers have been deployed in the restoration effort. Locations without power have been flagged to the state to help utilities prioritize their work, the group said in a statement.
Still, he said, it will take days for many people to be restored and, in some cases where the damage was extensive, weeks.
Oil Holds Gains Near $48 as Irma Weakens While Refining Rebounds
Energy Information Administration. "It is clear that the rebalancing process is under way", he said. It is also costing them market share to rivals, including partner Russian Federation and the U.S.
Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a risky Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm on Monday and a post-tropical cyclone by Tuesday morning.
Some 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida and nearby states still had no power on Tuesday after the pummeling from Hurricane Irma, as utility companies scrambled to get the lights back on in one of the biggest power restoration efforts in US history. It is a unit of American Electric Power. At 1 pm EDT, almost 1.6 million were without power while about 200,000 had electricity restored mostly by automated devices, FPL said. Florida outages for Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, fell to around 1 million by Tuesday afternoon, down from a peak of about 1.2 million on Monday, according to the company's website.
FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dipped to around 2.5 million customers by Tuesday evening from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday morning, but that was still more than half of its customers. FPL reduced power at one reactor at the St. Lucie nuclear plant due to salt buildup in a switchyard from Irma.