Factbox: Over 700,000 still powerless in U.S. Southeast after hurricane

A lamp post is seen on a sidewalk after Hurricane Matthew hits, in Melbourne, Florida, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

(Reuters) – The number of homes and businesses without power on Monday after Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Southeast U.S. Atlantic coast over the weekend dropped to 713,500 from a high of 2.2 million on Sunday morning, according to local electric companies.

Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Sunday.

The storm killed 1,000 people in Haiti. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday some Haitian towns and villages had been almost wiped off the map.

Duke Energy Corp said it could take a week to restore power to some customers in the hardest-hit parts of the Carolinas because parts of its electrical system need to be rebuild.

The following lists outages at U.S. power companies as of Monday evening.

Power Company State/Provi Out Now


Duke – Carolinas NC, SC 271,000

Southern – Georgia GA 82,700


Dominion VA, NC 54,300

Scana SC 72,700

North Carolina NC 74,000


Florida municipals FL 109,000

NextEra – FPL FL 19,000

Santee Cooper SC 30,800

Total 713,500

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino in New York; Harshith Aranya and Nallur Sethuraman in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Peter Cooney)

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