Wilma Disrupts Power

October 25, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

MIAMI (AP) - Many Floridians are facing weeks without electrical power.  Hurricane Wilma knocked out the power to more than six million people.

Utilities are asking for patience, saying it could take a month before everyone's service is back to normal.

A saving grace is today's cooler weather, meaning that air conditioning is not a critical need.

Florida Power & Light says more of its 4.3 million customers have been affected by Wilma than by any other natural disaster in the company's history.  In Miami-Dade County, as many as 98 percent have lost power.

One woman, who is resigned to the situation, is philosophical and pragmatic.  Marilyn Jacobs says she uses candles, portable fans and portable televisions, and has lots of batteries on hand.  As Jacob puts it, "There's nothing much you can do right now."

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