After Hermine, electric utilities slowly restoring power in Florida

APTOPIX Tropical Weather Hermine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Hermine's aftermath in Florida (All times local):

4:40 p.m.

As of 4 p.m., there were 58,261 utility customers without electricity in Florida, according to SERT.

The majority are in Leon County, where trees and power lines were felled by the storm.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the city has 13 crews out working all day and most of the night, and help has also come in from Gulf Power, Kissimmee, Lakeland and Orlando.

The laborious process of restoring electricity can involve replacing broken telephone poles and putting up new cutouts, insulators and crossarms. That could all be just to restore one circuit. The circuit then needs to connect to the substation.


3:30 p.m.

Some neighborhoods near the Anclote River in Pasco County, north of Tampa, are flooding.

Because of high tide, Hurricane Hermine and a strong thunderstorm on Saturday, the Anclote River crested Sunday at 25.08 feet, officials said, and is forecast to slowly recede out of major flood stage by 8 a.m. Monday. The Anclote area remains under a flood warning.

About 55 people showed up at a shelter overnight though officials were expecting many more.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pasco emergency services director Kevin Guthrie said about 750 to 1000 residential structures were within the mandatory evacuation area.

Emergency responders evacuated about 30 people by boat Saturday. About 40 homes on the Anclote River were experiencing flooding on Sunday, with rushing water of 20 to 25 mph, Guthrie said.


11:13 a.m.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management posted on Twitter Sunday that 79,457 utility customers are still without electricity following Hurricane Hermine.

The county with the most number of outages is Leon, with 49,863 as of 10 a.m. Power lines in the city of Tallahassee in Leon county were especially hard-hit due to a thick tree canopy.


10:28 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will meet with Pasco County officials to talk about the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine and the potential for river flooding.

Emergency managers say the Anclote River is forecast to go well into major flood stage on Sunday afternoon and have issued mandatory evacuations for some low-lying mobile home parks and apartment buildings. Scott is scheduled to visit Sunday morning.

Pasco County, north of Tampa, experienced other incidents during the storm. More than 200 patients were transported from a hospital on Thursday after a lightning strike took out a generator.

And on Saturday, a 30-year old man working as a private utility contractor was shocked while he worked on a utility pole. He was taken to a hospital in Tampa and his condition is unknown.

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