Rick Scott: 98 Percent of Homes, Businesses Hit by Hurricane Michael Have Power Back

On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott offered an update on how Florida was recovering from Hurricane Michael which devastated the Panhandle last month.

“As of 12 p.m., there are 5,446 customers without power, down from 400,000 on October 11, the day following Hurricane Michael’s landfall,”the governor’s office noted on Thursday afternoon. “This means that more than 98 percent of homes and businesses who lost power and have the ability to receive power have had their power restored. This includes full power restoration to Mexico Beach, one of the hardest hit areas in the state, by Duke Energy.”

Scott weighed in on the matter on Thursday.

“Before Hurricane Michael made landfall, we knew how important it was to have power restored to homes and businesses as quickly as possible,” the governor said. Now, three weeks after this devastating storm made landfall, we are proud that utility companies have made tremendous progress at meeting the goals they set. I am also incredibly proud of all of the first responders, utility restoration workers, and state emergency personnel who came together to help those in need.”

Scott is challenging U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in next week’s general election and, whatever happens, he will be leaving Tallahassee at the end of the year when his second term is up. Looking back over his eight years in office, Scott said seeing how Florida dealt with Hurricane Michael ranked as one of the best moments during his two terms.

“Witnessing people come together to help one another following Michael has been one of my proudest moments as governor. We will continue to keep the public updated and work until every customer has their power restored and every Floridian has fully recovered from Hurricane Michael,” Scott said on Thursday.


Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com

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