More than half of Collier and Lee counties now have power but still more than 100,000 customers in each was without electricity, and 1.6 million statewide Friday afternoon.

Statewide, more than 85 percent of Florida has the lights – and air conditioning – back on, in the latest report issued by the Florida Office of Emergency Management, as of 1 p.m. Friday.

Collier and Lee, hard hit by Hurricane Irma, saw dramatic improvements in electrical service since Thursday, but still are plagued by widespread outages. So is Monroe County, home of the Florida Keys, where 54 percent still were without power.

Hundreds of thousands of customers – homes and businesses – also were without power throughout the South Florida counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, but all three have power restored to more than 80 percent.

In Central Florida, Orange County’s outage was limited to 11 percent, or 61,000 homes and businesses, while Brevard County still had no service to 24 percent, or 74,000. Volusia County’s outage is limited to 18 percent, or 51,000, and Seminole County’s to 16 percent, or 34,000.

In Tampa Bay, Pinellas County’s outage was down to 16 percent, or 88,000 customers, while Hillsborough County’s was down to just 5 percent, or 31,000 homes and businesses.

In Duval County, 8 percent, or 34,000 customers, were without power.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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