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Nearly 1 million without power in Florida as Matthew batters Atlantic coast

Nearly a million utility customers were without power inFlorida as of 3 p.m. ET on Oct. 7 as Hurricane Matthew made its way up theAtlantic Coast, according to a situation report issued by the U.S. Departmentof Energy.

The storm was 50 miles east-southeast of Jacksonville as ofthat time and moving north-northwest as 12 mph, the DOE stated in a reportissued at 4 p.m. ET Oct. 7. The Category 3 hurricane had maximum sustainedwinds of 115 mph, extending outward up to 60 miles from the storm's center, andtropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 185 miles. Matthew wasexpected to remain a Category 3 storm as it approaches the coast of Georgia,DOE said, but begin to weaken over the subsequent 48 hours.

Those power outage totals differ slightly from a reportissued by the Florida Public Service Commission as of 2:53 p.m. ET showing thetotal number of customers without power topping 1 million. Volusia County,which includes Daytona Beach, was among the hardest hit, according to the PSC,with 257,284 customers without power. Brevard County, just to the south, had196,729 customers without power, and Duval County, which includes the city ofJacksonville, had 90,518 customers without power.

By utility, FloridaPower & Light Co. had 681,140 outages as of 4:00 p.m. ET, according to its website.The NextEra Energy Inc.utility reported no major surges at any FPL substations, but some damage todistribution systems. FPL said all customers in Broward County and Miami-DadeCounty, and the majority of customers in Palm Beach County were expected to berestored by the end of Oct. 7.

Duke EnergyFlorida LLC had approximately 153,552 customer outages as of 3:00p.m. ET and JEA, theJacksonville, Fla., municipal utility, had approximately 90,043 customeroutages.

On the PSC report: GulfPower Co. had no outages as of 2:53 p.m. ET; had 198; outages atcooperatives totaled 40,402; and customer outages at municipal utilitiestotaled 167,359.

According to the DOE report, Georgia had 10,048 customeroutages due to the hurricane, and GeorgiaPower Co. has implemented its emergency plan with nearly 5,000workers ready to deploy. In South Carolina, there were 2,011 customer outagesas of the time of the DOE report. North Carolina was beginning to experiencecustomer outages, but no significant numbers as of 3:00 p.m. ET.

Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of . Gulf Power andGeorgia Power are subsidiaries of SouthernCo. Duke Energy Florida is a subsidiary of