Most of Florida’s northern Atlantic coast from New Smyrna Beach to the Georgia state line is awakening in the dark Saturday morning and other massive power outages are being reported as far west as Baker and Bradford counties thanks to Hurricane Matthew’s slow, relentless crawl Friday.

Nearly all the power is out in Flagler County, where 94 percent of electricity customers were blacked out at 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the office of Gov. Rick Scott.

In Volusia County, which began losing power Friday morning, 85 percent were still without electricity at 6 a.m. Saturday. In St. Johns County, 76 percent of electricity customers were in the dark. In Nassau County, 69 percent were without lights, in inland Putnam County it’s 67 percent, and in Duval County 52 percent of Jacksonvillians were without power.

With the restoration of some power grids farther south, the total number of Florida electrical customers with no power remained around 1 million at 6 a.m. Saturday, about the same number there were on Friday evening.

South of Volusia, 47 percent of Brevard County customers remained powerless, as did 40 percent of Indian River County customers and 20 percent of Seminole County customers.

But the brunt of Matthew’s late assault on the Sunshine State has left Florida’s First Coast in the dark.

About The Author

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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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