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RIVERA BEACH (CBSMiami) – Florida Power & Light expecting 4.1 million customers to be affected by power outages during Hurricane Irma. That’s about 9 million people.
“That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility,” said FPL CEO Eric Silagy Friday.
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Silagy held a news conference to update its customers that they are working non-stop ahead of, during, and after the storm.
“I want to reassure our customers that we are prepared for Hurricane Irma.”
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FPL is the third-largest electric utility in the U.S. and serves nearly 10 million people in the southern half of Florida. Silagy says they are ready.
“We currently have an army, frankly, of 13,500 restoration workers, both FPL crews and outside crews ready to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so. Many of the linemen are coming from across the country including from as far away as California. We have prepositioned equipment and people getting ready to fight the aftermath of Irma.”
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But he added, they won’t put any workers in jeopardy.
“Unfortunately, there will be a period of time where we will have to hunker down and wait. We have to wait until the winds subside to 40mph to get on the road, 35mph to get buckets in the air.”
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While FPL will be working around the clock, this is likely to be a multi-week restoration.
“With these kinds of winds, we are not looking at restoration but actually rebuilding. These kinds of winds can bend metal poles. We are going to see a lot of damage. We are going to see a lot of debris that will unfortunately impact the system and we are going to have to do a lot of cleanup.”
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The restoration “will start as soon as we can get out safely on the roads.” He added,...
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