Sept 12 (Reuters) - Power outages from Hurricane Irma dropped to about 5.8 million customers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama by Tuesday afternoon, down from a peak of over 7.4 million late Monday, according to utilities in the affected region. Most remaining outages were in Florida Power & Light's service area in the southern and eastern parts of the state. FPL, a unit of NextEra Energy Inc and the state's largest power company, said its total outages dipped to about 2.5 million customers by Tuesday evening from a peak of over 3.6 million early on Monday. FPL said it expects to restore essentially all of its customers in the eastern portion of the state by the weekend and the harder-hit western portion Florida by Sept. 22. The company warned, however, it would take longer to restore power to customers who suffered tornado damage or severe flooding.
Outages in Florida for Duke Energy Corp, which serves the northern and central parts of the state, fell to around 1 million customers by Tuesday afternoon, down from a peak of about 1.2 million on Monday, according to the company's website. Irma hit southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-notch Saffir-Simpson scale. It gradually weakened to a tropical storm and then a tropical depression on Monday. In Georgia, utilities reported over 1.1 million customers without power on Tuesday, down from a peak of around 1.3 million late Monday. Other big power utilities in Florida include units of Emera Inc and Southern Co, which also operates the biggest electric companies in Georgia and Alabama.
The following table lists major outages according to the utilities' websites:
Power Company State Total Total customers customers currently served
NextEra - FPL FL 2,514,100 4,904,000 Duke - Florida FL 1,162,484 1,800,000 Southern - Georgia Power GA 545,307 2,482,000 Georgia EMCs GA 347,000 N/A Emera - Tampa Electric FL 250,925 425,000 Lee County Electric FL 136,000 200,000 JEA FL 149,000 455,000 Duke - South Carolina NC, SC 122,500 740,000 Clay Electric FL 113,000 173,000 SECO FL 84,200 200,600 Orlando Utilities Commission FL 62,833 234,700 Withlacoochee River Electric FL 68,200 217,000 Scana SC 20,132 720,300 Keys Energy Services FL 29,000 29,000 South Carolina EMCs SC 22,012 N/A Florida Keys Electric FL 21,600 33,000 Alabama Power AL 20,000 1,400,000 Suwanee Valley Electric FL 17,065 25,600 Central Florida Electric FL 17,100 35,600 Peace River Electric FL 15,800 40,000 Glades Electric FL 15,800 16,000 Tri-County Electric FL 12,500 18,000 Talquin Electric FL 12,700 51,000 Gainesville Regional Utilities FL 14,693 93,000 Kissimmee Utility Authority FL 4,855 72,000 City of Chattanooga EPB TN 1,500 170,000 Dominion VA, NC 300 2,582,800 Memphis Gas, Light & Water TN 100 421,000 Middle Tennessee Electric TN - N/A Volunteer Electric TN - N/A Knoxville Utilities Board TN - N/A Nashville Electric Service TN - N/A Santee Cooper SC - N/A Southern - Gulf Power FL - N/A Choctawhatchee Electric FL - N/A West Florida Electric FL - N/A Gulf Coast Electric FL - N/A Escombia River FL - N/A Total 5,780,706
currently without power
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; editing by Frances Kerry, Jonathan Oatis and G Crosse)