Oct 10 (Reuters) - More than 43,000 homes and businesses in Florida were without power on Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane Michael approached the northwest area of the state, according to local power companies. Hurricane Michael strengthened into a Category 4 storm and is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour (233 km per hour).
Duke Energy estimated Hurricane Michael could cause between 100,000 and 200,000 of its customers to lose power in Florida. The company said some outages could last several days to more than a week. The following table lists major outages according to utility companies:
Power Company State/Pro Out Now Served
Southern - Gulf Power FL 24,300 457,100 Duke - Florida FL 15,000 1,800,000 NextEra - Florida FL 2,600 4,995,700 City of Tallahassee FL 1,500 113,000 Emera Tampa Electric FL 300 725,000 Total 43,700
(Reporting by Scott DiSavino, editing by G Crosse)