JUNO BEACH, Fla. – As Isaac moves closer to Florida, Florida Power & Light Company has fully activated its emergency response plan and is prepared to respond to power outages that will be caused by the storm’s anticipated high winds and rain. FPL urges customers to be prepared for power outages as bands of severe weather move into the area.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center indicates that Isaac’s winds extend out more than 200 miles from the center of the storm, and hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for a large part of Florida. Based on Isaac’s size, path and intensity, this storm will cause damage to overhead lines and possibly to underground electric lines due to flooding and saturated grounds. Damage could be caused by flying debris, fallen trees, winds and flooding, among other factors.
“Isaac is expected to produce strong, sustained winds and rain that will cause power outages. We’re in full storm mode, with more than 7,700 workers dedicated to the restoration effort,” said FPL President Eric Silagy. “In an effort to restore power as quickly as possible, as conditions permit, our crews will be working throughout the event as bands of severe weather from Isaac cause power outages. Safety is our first priority, and we urge our customers to stay safe and make their preparations, too.”
FPL is ready to respond; crews and staging sites in place
FPL has made pre-storm preparations to enable the company to quickly deploy equipment and crews to storm-damaged communities.
Immediately following the storm, and as soon as it’s safe, FPL will deploy field teams to conduct damage assessments. This helps FPL assign resources (crews and materials) appropriately and provide customers an estimate of when repairs will be finished and power restored in their areas.
FPL is committed to keeping customers informed
When outages occur, FPL understands that its customers need to know when their power will be restored so they can plan ahead. That’s why FPL communicates frequently through the news media and makes important information, including restoration estimates, accessible on smart phones and tablets, through such sites as:
FPL urges everyone in the path of the storm to stay safe and prepare to be without power
Safety is FPL’s first priority before, during and after a storm. FPL advises its customers to learn all they can about how to prepare for a storm, what to do during a storm, and how to make safety a priority after a storm when utilities and normal community services may be interrupted. Following is FPL’s advice to customers:
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees as of year-end 2011. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2011, the company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.