Millions in Florida swelter through power outages after Irma triggers one of the largest blackouts in US history
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* Sep 13, 2017    09:20:28 PM
Millions in Florida swelter through power outages after Irma triggers one of the largest blackouts in US history

In a state built on air conditioning, millions of Florida residents now want to know: When will the power come back on?

Hurricane Irma's march across Florida and the Southeast triggered one of the bigger blackouts in U.S. history, plunging as many as 13 million people into the dark as the storm dragged down power lines and blew out transformers. Gone were the climate-controlled bubbles people relied on in Florida's sweltering heat and humidity.

Those who evacuated are returning to homes without electricity. They could face days or even weeks with little to ease the late-summer stickiness.

By Wednesday afternoon, state emergency management officials estimate that one third - or 6.4 million - residents remained without power in the Sunshine state.

"Power, power, power," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said recently. "The biggest thing we've got to do for people is get their power back."

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