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FPL mobilizing for post-Irma recovery

September 9, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

In a press release yesterday, Florida Power and Light announced its game plan for pre- and post-Irma support.

FPL estimates 4.1 million users may experience loss of power due to the storm. The company said it has activated 20 temporary management sites and has prepared more than 13,500 workers throughout the state and especially South Florida to be ready to respond once it is safe to do so.

FPL's two nuclear plants, Turkey Point and St. Lucie, will be closed on a gradual scale in advance of the onset of winds.

Depending on the outcome of the storm, damage to FPL's infrastruction could be extensive and require days or weeks of restoration, the release said. Once it is safe, FPL will send crews to assess the damage to its infrastructure. It will prioritize restoration of power to critical facilities such as hospitals, fire and police stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation facilities. Then it will work to "restore service to the largest number of customers in the shortest possible time."

"FPL has built one of the strongest and smartest electric grids in the country, and we have no plans to shut down power to our customers in advance of the storm," Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for FPL, said in a FPL Blog post today. "Our goal is to continue providing electric service through the storm until it's no longer possible to do so."



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