Florida power outages: Hurricane Matthew leaves more than 500,000 in the dark

Hurricane Matthew stalked Florida's east coast, battering the First Coast area with fierce winds and threatening the state with life-threatening storm surges.

(CNN) — Florida Power & Light is reporting roughly 517,000 customers without power across 35 counties as Hurricane Matthew skirts the state’s eastern seaboard.

The counties with the highest number of outages are:

• Brevard County (includes Melbourne, Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach): 174,060

• Volusia County (includes Daytona Beach): 121,970

• Palm Beach County (includes Boca Raton and West Palm Beach): 44,850

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday morning that the state is only halfway through the storm and more outages are inevitable. Scott urged residents to stay away from downed power lines until utility crews can render them safe.