FPL power restoration estimated by end of next week

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

High traffic volumes because of the number of customers seeking information about getting power restored to their homes was likely to blame, the company told the newspaper.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, an estimated 4.4 million Florida Power and Light customers statewide were left without electricity, challenging FPL and other power companies to try to restore power as quickly as possible in all corners of Florida.

FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc. "We expected to see more extensive damage on the west coast".

More than half of Florida is without power after Hurricane Irma slashed through the Sunshine State Sunday and Monday.

Gould said the company "understands what it's like to be in the dark, hot and without air conditioning".

Much of the grid damage is the result of gusts toppling trees and sending branches flying, weaponizing them as shears that can easily slice through power lines strung along poles, according to Bloomberg. "It took a week for Matthew", Jensen said, referring to a hurricane that in 2016 did not make landfall in Florida but caused power outages. "We have pets, kids & elderly people who live on our street, it's been 48 hours, I know you are doing all you can do, anything you can do to get the power main back up over here in the 33334 area would be lovely".

"It's a magnitude we just haven't seen before", Eric Silagy, CEO of FPL, told reporters on Monday.

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After a major storm, it's FPL's priority to restore power to grids with critical infrastructure such as law enforcement agencies, fire stations and hospitals.

More than 20,000 utilities workers from 30 states and Canada stationed at almost 30 staging sites across the state are assessing damage and restoring power.

If you're wondering when you'll get your power back, you are not alone.

"The length of the restoration will be far less than what it would have been if we had not invested in the system", he said.

While the numbers in Florida were declining slightly, more outages were being reported in Georgia and other states as Irma, now a tropical storm, moved north.

"We know the weather has cleared, it's sunny out, and patience will wear thin", he said.

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