When Hurricane Irma hit mainland U.S. on Sunday, millions of residents were left without power — and the devastating effects could linger on for days.
The hurricane’s strong winds and heavy rain knocked down homes, roads and power lines, leaving 6 million without electricity in sweltering temperatures. As of Wednesday, more than 40 percent of Florida still lacked electricity and that could last for weeks, according to the Washington Post.
“We understand what it means to be in the dark,” Robert Gould, vice president and chief communications officer for Florida Power and Light (FPL), told the publication. “We understand what it means to be hot and without air conditioning. We will be restoring power day and night.
“This is going to be a very uncomfortable time.”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott told CNN: “After visiting shelters this week and talking to people who evacuated due to Hurricane Irma, the number one thing I heard from families is that they want their power back on.”
At this time, officials recommend not reporting power outages, as the damage is so widespread.