Hurricane Matthew Leaves Millions Without Power

Oct 9 - Almost 2.2 million homes and businesses were without power Sunday morning after Hurricane Matthew pummeled the U.S. Atlantic Southeast coast over the weekend, according to local electric companies. Matthew, the first major hurricane to hit the United States in more than 10 years, lashed Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with heavy rain and wind, after killing almost 900 people in Haiti as it swept north through the Caribbean.

The remnants of the storm, still packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kmh) early Sunday, were located in the Atlantic Ocean about 60 miles (95 km) east of North Carolina's Outer Banks as they move away from the coast and into the sea. The hardest hit utility was NextEra Energy Inc's FPL power company in Florida, which reported a total of 969,000 customers affected by the storm. FPL said on its website it had already restored service to about 754,000 homes and businesses.

FPL said it was on track to restore power to essentially all customers by end of Sunday, but noted pockets of severe flooding and damage would likely extend outages for a few homes and businesses until Monday. The following lists current outages at U.S. power companies.

Power Company State/Provi Out Now nce Duke - Carolinas NC, SC 663,600 Dominion VA, NC 306,900 NextEra - FPL FL 215,600 Southern - Georgia Power GA 203,200 North Carolina cooperatives NC 200,000 Scana SC 189,700 Florida municipals FL 177,100 Santee Cooper SC 111,400 Duke - Florida FL 54,800 Florida cooperatives FL 28,400 AEP - Appalachian VA, TN, WV 3,700 PSEG Long Island NY 1,500 Rappahannock Electric Co-op VA 1,100 Exelon - PECO PA 1,000 PPL PA 700 Exelon - Atlantic City Electric NJ 500 FirstEnergy - WV & MD WV, MD 400 Exelon - Pepco MD, DC 300 Exelon - Delmarva MD, DE 300 PSE&G NJ 300 Cobb EMC GA 100 Exelon - BGE MD 100 Total 2,160,700 (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Hugh Lawson)