'We will not stop working': FPL vows to quickly restore Florida power

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2017

As thousands of Southwest Florida residents swelter without air conditioning, their power may not be restored for up to 10 days - and for some, even longer.

Customers on Florida's east coast, which sustained far less wind damage, should all have power by the end of the weekend, he said. In Broward, 448,750 had no power out of 933,300, and in Palm Beach 361,140 of 739,000 were out. FPL lost power at its Riviera Center command center on Sunday - in the midst of a press conference - and was relying on backup generators on Monday.

About 62% of the state had no power on Monday evening, and almost a million customers had lost it in Georgia and SC. FPL also warned residents to stay away from downed power lines.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, but is still expected to bring damaging winds and flooding rain as it passes across Georgia toward Alabama and Carolinas. Officials estimate that it could take weeks to bring power back online. Crews from the South came to this region when the derecho hit in 2012 and during the paralyzing snow storm in the eastern part of the state, he said.

"Our crews are ready and anxious to help our friends to the southeast".

FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, has been preparing for future storms as part of its $3 billion grid infrastructure investment program, which included more concrete poles to replace wooden ones, flood monitoring for low-lying substations, and smart meters that can, among other things, report outages. It has been 18 hours since Irma left our system.

"Restoring power to our Gulf Power customers will be our priority".

"Certainly, if you are a customer on a feeder line that feeds a hospital, more than likely you are going to have service restored to you before others", Gould said.

Workers with Mexico's Federal Electric Commission (CFE) work to fix a fallen electrical utility pole in San Jose de los Cabos, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. FPL's Turkey Point plant shut down one of its reactors on Thursday, but kept the other running.

Gulf Power's storm center serves as an emergency operations center during hurricanes and is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200 miles per hour.

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