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Candles, flashlights, no AC in Florida's hurricane zone

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Posted at 2:52 PM, Oct 20, 2018
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:17:47-04

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - More than 100,000 Florida customers are still without power due to Hurricane Michael, which tore into the Florida Panhandle more than a week ago.

Most outages are in Bay County, where the storm made landfall, but northern rural counties have a greater percentage of people without power. In Calhoun County, for instance, 86 percent of customers of the local electric cooperative had no electricity.

Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers says the utility company has about 1,200 employees working on power restoration, in addition to 6,200 people from 15 states who are helping out.

Rogers says one big concern is that people are getting used to dead power lines lying on the ground or drooped in front of homes. He says those lines could become deadly as service is restored.

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