State’s woes piling up for Gov. Rick Scott, who scraps today’s Zika trip to deal with outages

Kissimmee Utility workers area among those helping restore power in Tallahassee.

Kissimmee Utility workers area among those helping restore power in Tallahassee.

Florida problems are piling up for Rick Scott.

The governor scrapped plans today for being in Washington, D.C., when Congress returns from its summer recess — so he could lobby again for the House and Senate to settle its differences over funding to fight the Zika virus.

Since Congress broke in July, the mosquito-borne virus has spread in Florida, with a handful of locally-transmitted cases occuring.

But with Tallahassee still struggling with thousands of homeowners and businesses without power in the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Scott’s office said the governor will postpone the trip to the nation’s Capitol. The Republican governor has taken a hands-on approach to the outages in Florida’s Capitol dueling with Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, over whether the city has accepted all the help being offered by the state’s investor-owned utilities.

Tallahassee’s power is supplied by a city-owned utility. By late Monday, more than 18,000 customers had been without power for four days.

State officials also made plans late Monday for workers at a half-dozen state agencies without electricity to work remotely or at other offices.

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