JEA: Plan for long outage times, FPL has major outages

Crews work to restore power in Mandarin

As of early Saturday afternoon, around 175,000 JEA customers are still without power following Hurricane Matthew and the utility provider is telling customers to plan for longer outages.

At the height of the storm, about half of all JEA customers were impacted by power outages. 

Officials said Saturday morning that there was significant damage to the electrical system. 

JEA already has 1,426 employees working to restore power, including 8 mutual aid crews. By Sunday there will be 36 mutual aide crews from Florida and two other states. 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the city will provide any resource needed to restore power. 

"We are going to ride very hard to get your power back on," Curry said.  

Meanwhile, more than 1 million people are without power across the state following Hurricane Matthew.  

As of early Saturday morning, 94 percent of Flagler County was without power. 

Outages across the First Coast, as of 9:30 a.m.

DUVAL

215,709 without power

NASSAU

19,092 without power.

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ST JOHNS

66,630 without power.

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CLAY

33,465 without power.

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BRADFORD

4,757 without power.

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BAKER

4,527 without power.

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PUTNAM

27,393 without power.

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FLAGLER

55,816 without power.

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GLYNN

41,657 without power.

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CAMDEN

11,609 without power.

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WARE

4,310 without power.

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CHARLTON

1,481 without power.

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ALACHUA

5,460 without power.

Power outage tips

If you are without power, remember to keep your fridge and freezer closed for as long as possible to keep the food fresh.

If you are running a generator, DO NOT run it inside or in an area that isn't well ventilated. Carbon monoxide poisoning is very fatal and very easy to get. CO is odorless and you won't realize it until you begin to feel dizzy. If that happens, immediately get fresh air.

JEA spokesperson Gerri Boyce said that their priority is to restore power to police stations, hospitals and schools. But they won't be able to even assess the damage until conditions improve and that might not be until later Friday or early Saturday.

If you have a damaged home, JEA crews will not be able to enter it to restore power.


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