The number of power outages on Friday remains greater than 1 million a day after Hurricane Michael was downgraded to a tropical storm, according to federal and utility industry reports.
As of Friday evening, 1.06 million electricity customers were without power in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia, according to Tom Kuhn, president and CEO of the Edison Electric Institute, a large industry group working with the federal government to restore service.
Yesterday's tally of outages hovered at 1.2 million from Florida to Virginia. Kuhn explained that the majority of outages are in North Carolina and Virginia. Yet, some of the hardest-hit areas and the most difficult to restore power remain in the Florida Panhandle, where the hurricane first struck two days ago.
Kuhn's outage report painted a picture of the progress the industry is making, saying in the two days after Michael made landfall in Florida, electric companies are reporting that electricity to 1.7 million customers has been restored.
But power outages have drastically increased, according to a breakdown posted by the federal Energy Information Administration, the analysis arm of the Energy Department.
Roughly 452,000 customers in Virginia, or about 12 percent of the state, are now without power, compared to the 108,000 customers reported without electricity on Thursday night.
The numbers only dropped slightly in North Carolina to 410,000 customers without electricity from 484,000 on Thursday. About 280,000 customers in Florida remained in the dark, which is down from 381,000.