Hurricane Sally power outages top 540,000 in Alabama, Florida and Georgia
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Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are without power Thursday after Hurricane Sally knocked out power across the Southeast as it continues to bring torrential rainfall to the region.
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Sally is weakening as it moves over the South, but the storm's heavy rain has spurred authorities to warn that rain could well eight waterways in Florida and Alabama to record levels.
The storm's slow movement and whipping winds have knocked out power to over 540,000 customers throughout the South.
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According to the power-outage tracker website poweroutage.us, the states of Alabama and Florida have the greatest number of outages.
There were 286,385 customers in Alabama and 218,597 in Florida impacted as of 7 a.m. EDT. As the storm moves inland, power has also been knocked out to some 32,000 customers in Georgia, according to the tracker.
The utility with the greatest number of outages in Florida, Gulf Power, said that Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were the worst affected.
"Our crews continue to work through the night," the utility tweeted.
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Gulf Power said in advance of the storm that more than 2,000 personnel were pre-positioned for restoration efforts, including more than 600 employees from sister company Florida Power & Light.
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