Florida Officials Say 35,000 Without Power in State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State authorities say that approximately 35,000 customers are without power due to Tropical Storm Debby.

Bryan Koon, the state’s emergency management chief, said on Monday that there were widespread scattered outages across the state

Koon did not expect the number to go up significantly but he said the total number of those without power could fluctuate in the next few days.

Debby has drenched the state with heavy rains and flooded neighborhoods. It also has been blamed for spawning tornadoes that has killed at least one person.

The storm closed the sole bridge to St. George Island, a popular vacation island in Florida. Power was already out on the island and Franklin County authorities said it could be days before it is restored.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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