September 10, 2017 / 11:50 PM / in 9 months

More than 3 million customers without power in Florida after Hurricane Irma

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma knocked out power to more than 3 million homes and businesses in Florida on Sunday and threatened millions more as it moved up the state’s west coast, local electric utilities said.

A boat at anchor in the Intercostal Waterway is pictured as Hurricane Irma' arrives in Hollywood, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Full restoration of service could take weeks, they added.

Irma hit Florida on Sunday morning as a dangerous Category 4 storm, the second highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, but by afternoon as it barreled up the west coast, it had weakened to a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (177 kph).

Reporting By Jessica Resnick-Ault; Editing by Sandra Maler

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