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Hurricane Sally knocks out power to over 510,000 in Alabama & Florida

FILE PHOTO: Kyle Olasin, caretaker for former Saints star Steve Gleason, runs as a friend makes a video of him near a flooded Lakeshore Park at Lake Pontchartrain, as Hurricane Sally churns in the gulf, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kathleen Flynn

(Reuters) - Hurricane Sally knocked out power to more than 510,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Florida since smashing into the Alabama coast early Wednesday, according to local utilities.

Current outages are down to around 458,000 since NextEra Energy Inc's NEE.N Gulf Power utility restored service to about 50,000 customers.

Southern Co's SO.N Alabama Power utility, meanwhile, said it was too soon to say when it would restore service to most customers since the storm was still pounding its service area.

Separately, in Louisiana, almost 60,000 customers were still without power in the southwestern part of the state since Hurricane Laura hit the coast in late August.

Entergy Corp ETR.N, which still has over 38,000 out in Louisiana, said it expects to restore service to most by Sept. 23 with the remaining customers who can safely accept power back on by Sept. 30.

There were no outages reported from Hurricane Sally in Louisiana.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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