Companies work to restore power to areas hit by Hurricane Michael

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:48 AM PT – Sat. Oct. 13, 2018

Power companies are working to restore electricity lost in the path of Hurricane Michael.

Local power companies claim more than 940,000 homes and businesses on the East Coast were without power on Friday, after Hurricane Michael swept through Florida to Virginia.

FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, a boat sits amidst debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla. Hurricane Michael has shown that President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to the public when a natural disaster unfolds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Southern Company’s Gulf Power unit said it could take weeks to restore power in parts of Florida including the Panama City area.

Meanwhile, Georgia is expected to have most of its electricity restored by October 16th.

Hurricane Michael caused over 2.6 million outages total since hitting the Florida panhandle last Wednesday.

Currently the death toll stands at 17 from areas slammed by the storm, but the number is expected rise.

President Trump released a video message Saturday to assure the victims of Hurricane Michael the nation is with them and outlines relief efforts.