Oct 11 (Reuters) - Almost 850,000 homes and businesses in the U.S. Southeast were without power on Thursday, according to local power companies, as the remnants of Hurricane Michael headed northeast over the Carolinas after battering the Florida Panhandle. That is down from more than 963,000 customers affected by Michael, as utilities in Florida and Alabama restored service while the number of outages continue to grow in the Carolinas and Virginia as the storm moved northeast. Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland, weakened into a tropical storm over South Carolina. It made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour(249 kph). The following table lists major outages according to utility companies: Power Company State/Prov Out Now Served ince Georgia cooperatives GA 202,500 2,000,000 Southern - Georgia Power GA 154,900 2,441,300 Southern - Gulf Power FL 112,700 457,100 City of Tallahassee FL 111,200 113,000 Duke - Carolinas NC, SC 53,300 4,040,000 Talquin Electric Co-op FL 49,300 52,000 Southern - Alabama Power AL 39,000 1,400,000 Scana - SCE SC 37,300 724,300 Duke - Florida FL 30,500 1,800,000 South Carolina EMCs SC 29,800 Wiregrass Electric Co-op AL 14,600 24,200 AEP - Appalachian Power WV, VA, TN 4,900 1,033,600 North Carolina Electric Co-ops NC 3,200 950,000 Tri-County Electric Co-op FL 1,800 12,900 Santee Cooper SC 1,700 176,700 NextEra - Florida FL 1,400 4,995,700 Total 848,100 (Reporting by Harshith Aranya and Sumita Layek in Bengaluru and Scott DiSavino in New York; Editing by Jason Neely, Jeffrey Benkoe and Bill Berkrot)
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