Florence power outages near 1 million, could hit 3 million

Power outages from Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning in North Carolina and South Carolina, have topped 945,000 customers.

This is according to data as of 5 a.m. EST from tweets North and South Carolina emergency management agencies. 780,964 outages are in North Carolina and 165,000 are in South Carolina.

The number of outages is expected to keep growing. The Weather Channel estimated that up to 3 million customers might lose power in the Carolinas due to Florence.

(A "customer" doesn't necessarily equal one person – it could include a home where several people live or a business where many people are employed.)

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