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6.5 million without power in Florida, 28 states and D.C. came to help

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More than 585 shelters are open throughout Florida hit by Irma with a total population of more than 200,000 individuals.

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More than 90 special needs shelters are open with a total population of more than 17,000 individuals.

The current power outage as of 12 p.m. is more than 6.5 million accounts. More than 30,000 restoration personnel have been activated to help restore power as quickly as possible following the storm’s impact.

Governor Rick Scott outlined support that has been deployed to Florida from twenty-eight states and Washington D.C. to aid in the response and recovery of Hurricane Irma. Governor Scott has worked closely with local, state, and federal governments to coordinate preparation efforts.

Governor Scott said, “Florida has received an incredible outpouring of support from other states in responding to Hurricane Irma. Responding to catastrophic storms like this takes a collaborative and coordinated team effort.

“The strength and speed of these states’ help has been instrumental in our planned response to Irma. The people of Florida are incredibly thankful for their selfless dedication. Together, we can withstand this storm and come back even stronger.”

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