LABELLE, FL. -- As Hurricane Dennis passes well offshore of the west coast
of Florida, south Florida's predominant electric power provider, Florida
Power and Light says hundreds of thousands of its customers have had their
electric service affected. In Miami-Dade county 196,600 homes and
businesses lost power overnigh and at 9 a.m. this morning, 109,000 were
still dark. Surprisingly, Broward county, well away from the center of the
storm, had 119,800 customers lose power and by this morning, 45,600 had
power restored. In Hendry county, 1300 customers lost power and only 300
remained out this morning, while in Glades county 300 homes lost power and
100 were still out this morning.
Florida Power and Light has had many critics over the years about poor
service and numerous power outages even on non-stormy days. See
FPL Makes Customers Furious for more FPL customer complaints. 352,400 customers overall in Florida have lost power so far
since yesterday and only about half have had their power restored as of this
morning at 9 a.m.