September 10, 2017 / 11:44 PM / 10 months ago

More than 3 million customers without power in Florida after Hurricane Irma

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses in Florida on Sunday and threatened millions more as it moved up the state’s west coast, local electric utilities said.

Full restoration of service could take weeks, they added.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, but by afternoon as it barreled up the west coast, it had weakened to a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kph). (Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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