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Nearly 3.5 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma have been restored so far; number of customer accounts remaining out is now fewer than 1 million as restoration continues around the clock
- Power restored to more than 77 percent of customers impacted by Irma
- More than 22,000 personnel from 30 states and Canada dedicated to restoring service
- Power restored to 100 percent of hospitals, Emergency Operations Centers, air and seaports, correctional facilities and active military institutions;
- More than 98 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure facilities have power and 98 percent of nursing homes classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities
- More than 2,100 schools and 1,700 gas stations restored
- Customers should continue to heed safety precautions
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL)'s massive restoration army of more than 22,000 personnel continues working around the clock to restore power to the remaining 23 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. Power has been restored to nearly 3.5 million customers, including 98 percent of all high-priority critical infrastructure facilities in the company's service area.
"We understand how frustrating it is to be without power, and we appreciate your patience as we work across 35 counties to restore service safely and as quickly as possible," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "As our restoration progresses, we're seeing extensive tree and debris damage in some areas. Just today, I met with crews working to restore power to a home in St. Johns County where a portion of the roof was blown off by Irma and took out the power line. Further south, in places like Miami-Dade and Collier counties, our crews are finding extremely complex and time-consuming restoration challenges, but they're working hard and making progress every hour. Customers who haven't gotten their power back yet should know that, while we still have challenges ahead, we won't stop until every single home and business has their lights on."
Critical infrastructure facility update
As part of its established process in preparation for hurricane season each year, FPL works with each of the 35 counties it serves to determine the appropriate entities to be classified as critical infrastructure facilities. These critical infrastructure facilities are divided into high-priority and priority categories and incorporated into FPL's restoration plans.
Nearly 1,000 accounts classified as high-priority critical infrastructure facilities were impacted by Irma. As of 3 p.m. today, more than 98 percent of these have been restored, including:
In addition, approximately 400 nursing homes classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities were impacted by Irma, and more than 98 percent have now been restored. More than 2,100 impacted schools classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities have been fully restored as have more than 1,700 impacted gas stations.
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.
Please stay safe and help us keep crews safe
We urge to continue taking the following safety precautions:
How to stay informed
Visit FPL.com/storm for the latest restoration information.
Florida Power & Light Company
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
For further information: Florida Power & Light Company, Media Line: 561-694-4442, @FPL_Newsroom