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July 19 2018, 04:58 | Irvin Gilbert
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Fuel shortages in the state also eased as 37.6 percent of gas stations were without fuel statewide, down from 46 percent Monday evening, according to fuel information service GasBuddy.
Those power line workers flew to Florida on Friday as part of a unique cross-country mutual aid agreement with Florida Light and Power in order to be in place to begin working as soon as the threat from Hurricane Irma cleared.
Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. That number includes workers from affected companies, mutual assistance crews from other utilities, contractors and other support personnel, he said.
"The industry's Irma response is one of the largest power restoration efforts in US history", Kuhn said.
Some Florida utilities, including FPL, warned customers it could take weeks to restore power in the hardest hit areas because infrastructure systems in some of those places will need to be rebuilt.
They have now been moved to Miami at the request of Florida Power and Light.
Irma, categorized as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record when it rampaged through the Caribbean, has killed at least 77 people, including 36 in the United States, officials said.
FPL, the state's largest utility, said its outages dropped to around 1.9 million customers on Wednesday from a peak of more than 3.6 million on Monday.
In Georgia, utilities reported around 1.2 million customers without power Tuesday morning, down from a peak of more than 1.4 million on Monday night.
FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.
St Lucie is located on a barrier island on the state'seast coast, about 120 miles north of Miami, while Turkey Point is about 30 miles south of Miami.