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Approximately 90 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Irma restored; workforce of more than 24,000 squarely focused on remaining customers
- Palm Beach, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Union counties are 95 percent or higher restored; Duval, Hardee, Orange and Osceola counties are 100 percent restored
- Restoration estimates for 90 percent, 95 percent and 100 percent restored for all remaining customers by county available at FPL.com/powertracker
- Crews working neighborhood by neighborhood to clear vegetation, debris and restore power
- More than 99 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure facilities have been restored
- More than 95 percent of schools and 99 percent of nursing homes classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities have been restored
- Safety continues as a priority, especially for customers using generators
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company is working aggressively to restore power to the remaining customers affected by Hurricane Irma, and as of this evening, fewer than 500,000 people remain without power.
Restoration in Palm Beach, Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Union counties is 95 percent complete or higher. Brevard, Broward and Columbia counties are all at least 90 percent restored. Duval, Hardee, Orange and Osceola counties are 100 percent restored. Any customers who do not have power in these counties should report their outage online at FPL.com/outage.
"The restoration process does not play favorites. To our customers who are still waiting on power to be restored to them, I want you to know that we are working as fast as we can to get you and all other FPL customers back online," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL.
FPL has established walk-up sites for our customers in several communities. These sites provide charging stations, water, Wi-Fi, ice, community service and restoration information, and customer service assistance. Please visit FPL.com/powertracker for a list of locations and times.
"In the wake of a natural disaster, it's heartening to see how Floridians have come together. We salute our partners in every community – first responders, local officials, community leaders and countless others have been side-by-side with us through this unprecedented restoration effort. There's no way we would be as far along as we are without you," Silagy said.
Donation to Hurricane Irma relief
"Our employees call Florida home, too," said Jim Robo, chairman and CEO of NextEra Energy, Inc. "Like many others, our employees have been impacted personally by Irma's wrath, and every day in the field we see fellow Floridians whose homes and businesses were damaged and lives uprooted by this brutal force of nature. As energy company employees in the aftermath of a hurricane, restoring power is our imperative. As Floridians recovering from a massive natural disaster, helping our communities rebuild is our duty."
Significant challenges caused by trees and debris damaging lines
"In some of the communities we serve along the eastern coast, rows of what were once picturesque banyan trees have toppled onto each other like a house of cards, making roads impassable. In addition, we're seeing that the wrong trees have been planted in the wrong places, which creates a greater likelihood that trees may collapse and damage powerlines and electric equipment," Silagy said.
FPL has assembled the largest restoration workforce in U.S. history. More than 24,000 personnel are working throughout the company's 35-county service area to safely restore power as quickly as possible. With most major power lines and critical infrastructure now restored, more and more crews are transitioning to tackle smaller groups of outages in thousands of neighborhoods across the state.
Critical Infrastructure Facility Update
Nearly 1,000 accounts classified as high-priority critical infrastructure facilities were impacted by Irma. As of this evening, more than 99 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 99 percent have now been restored. More than 2,200 impacted schools classified as priority critical infrastructure facilities have been fully restored as have nearly 1,900 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.
Be certain your home or business is ready to receive power
Please stay safe and help us keep crews safe
We urge you to continue taking the following safety precautions:
How to stay informed
FPL communicates restoration information to customers frequently through the news media and the following resources:
Visit FPL.com/storm for the latest restoration information.
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