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Power restored to more than 70 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma, topping 3 million as massive operation continues working around the clock
- More than 21,500 personnel diligently working to restore 1.4 million remaining without power
- All 112 critical hospitals impacted have been restored, and more than 90 percent of all critical infrastructure facilities are back up and running
- All power plants, main transmission lines and all of FPL's more than 600 substations are in service
- Customers should continue to heed safety precautions
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In the early morning hours today, the massive restoration operation across Florida Power & Light Company's 35-county service area in response to Hurricane Irma surpassed 3 million customers restored, with thousands more being restored by the hour. More than 21,500 personnel continue to work to restore the remaining approximately 1.4 million customers without power.
"Our crews are working in communities day and night across our 27,000-square-mile service area. Restoring power after the widespread damage caused by a storm of this size and strength is brutal work, and we want our customers to know that we are touched by the compassion and appreciation they've shown us. We know every hour without power is difficult and frustrating, and our team won't stop until everyone is back on," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.
All 112 critical hospitals impacted have been restored, and more than 90 percent of all critical infrastructure facilities, such as police and fire stations and 911 dispatch centers, are back up and running.
"Utilities work together when a disaster happens. Over 60,000 restoration workers from more than 250 utilities in the U.S. and Canada have answered the call to respond to Irma throughout the southeastern part of the country. FPL is receiving support from utilities and other companies from nearly 30 states and Canada. So while you might not see an FPL truck on your street or in your neighborhood during a power outage, you may see our partners from other companies who are part of our restoration team," Silagy said.
FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via FPL.com, Facebook and Twitter. Customers should call FPL at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) only to report conditions such as downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment. Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
How to stay informed
Visit FPL.com/storm for the latest restoration information.
Florida Power & Light Company
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For further information: Florida Power & Light Company, Media Line: 561-694-4442, @FPL_Newsroom