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South Florida power outage update: 253K in Miami-Dade

As of 8 a.m. Friday

A down tree in Coral Gables
via Josh Baumgard

Note: This post was updated with the latest information on Friday morning at 8:38 a.m.

As South Florida continues to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, a large percentage of Miami-Dade County homes and businesses still have power outages, though the figure has been rapidly dropping.

After Florida Power and Light initially reported as much as 80 percent of Miami-Dade County was without power during peak outage, that number has been dropping quickly. Of the 1,020,240 accounts that lost power a little under 253,000 accounts were still in the dark as of 8 a.m. Friday.

For Broward County, 158,000 customers are without power, while the figure is a little over 94,000 in Palm Beach County.

FPL says those customers without power "along its east coast service territory could be restored by the end of this coming weekend, with the possible exception of areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other structures with severe damage."

They also warn that "all downed power lines should be treated as live power lines" and reported to FPL at 1-800-468-8243, and to "never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed or partially enclosed area, even with ventilation."

Of the 255 square miles of roadways that FPL manages in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, 64 percent are either cleared or being worked on. A reminder: All down signals should be treated as four-way stops.

Note: You can track the outages on FPL’s website