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Utility regulators plan hurricane prep, restoration review

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The Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities, on Tuesday set into motion its plan “to review electric utility hurricane preparedness and restoration actions during the 2017 hurricane season,” the panel said in a press release.

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PSC enters hurricane readiness debate

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The chair of the state’s Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities, says her board also has started “thinking” about how it can help get power back on quicker after major storms. Julie I. Brown released a statement Wednesday morning, more than a week after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to millions of Florida homes and businesses:

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Three new charging stations deployed in St. Pete

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St. Petersburg has opened up a few more mobile charging stations so residents waiting on their power to be restored after Hurricane Irma can top off their phone batteries.

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Slightly more than half of Florida now has power

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For the first time since early Monday morning, power is on for just over half the state of Florida.

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373K Florida electricity customers still lack power at 3 p.m. Sunday

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Update: The number of electricity customers in the state without power budged a little by the Sunday 3 p.m. report, down to 373,697. Despite a concerted effort by crews, there is still work to be done when it comes to restoring power to Floridians after Hurricane Matthew. Four percent of Florida electric customers — 373,697 — lack power as of 9 a.m. Sunday. Volusia and Flagler Counties are the worst off; 39 percent of Volusia, and 62 percent of Flagler customers, still lack…

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Over 1 million now without power, governor’s office says

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Hurricane Matthew now has knocked more than 1 million electricity customers in Florida off the grid, according to the governor’s office. The latest numbers, as of 3 p.m.: Over 90,000 without power in Duval County, over 50,000 combined in St. Johns and St. Lucie, over 30,000 in Palm Beach. In Orange County, there were almost 70,000 without power. In Lake, 16,000 and in Osceola, just 1,500. But here are the whoppers: Over 197,000 without power in Brevard and over 250,000 with no juice in Volusia.…

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Concerns over hurricane now turn to Jacksonville, Rick Scott says

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All eyes are now on Jacksonville as Hurricane Matthew creeps its way up Florida’s Atlantic coast, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning. “This is still a 120 mph storm, and we are very concerned about storm surge,” Scott said during a briefing at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. He was surrounded by state Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials, and National Guard troops.  “It still has time to make a direct hit,” Scott said. “We are…

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