Hurricane Irma: More than 475,000 without power in Collier, Lee

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More than 475,000 electric customers in Collier and Lee counties were without power by 6 p.m. today as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed the Florida Keys and headed through Southwest Florida's four largest cities -- Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Portions of the counties are served by Florida Power & Light Co. while others receive service through Lee County Electric Cooperative.


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As of 5 p.m., FPL reported that 173,380 of its 210,700 customers in Collier were without power while 171,140 of its 259,900 customers in Lee had outages with restoration started where crews were able to safely do so.

The co-op, which services Marco Island and Immokalee, services a total of 217,804 customers in both counties, and 131,100 were without power by 5 p.m. with restoration not yet started..

In a 4:45 p.m. announcement, the co-op said 131,000 of its customers had lost power, but had no further breakdown by county.

More: FPL Power tracker

In an email to the Naples Daily News late last week, Eric Silagy, the CEO of Florida Power & Light, said the electric utility will work around the clock, as soon as it is safe for workers, to restore power.

"At FPL, we plan and drill for this type of event year-round, and you have my commitment that we will work 24/7 to help restore power and get our communities back to normal," he said.

FPL has set up more than 20 staging sites to deploy thousands of employees and contract workers to restore power, he said.

As of 1 p.m., more than 30 counties FPL services in the state had outages, FPL reported.

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