Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

When Will My Power Be Back? FPL Urges Patience

When Will My Power Be Back? FPL Urges Patience

Florida Power & Light estimates it will have electricity restored to most customers in South Florida by the end of the weekend.

FPL said it has an army of 19,500 workers, including crews from other utilities outside the state, working to get power back to its customers in 35 counties, literally every county it operates in.

Cherie Jacobs, a spokeswoman for Tampa Electric, a unit of Emera Inc., said her company was in much the same mode.

So far, the utility has seen about 5 million total customer outages, he said.

"We are in the process now of doing final checks on a few of them; we will be bringing those up", FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy told reporters.

Meanwhile, an outage map kept by Georgia EMC, a trade association representing the state's 41 electric cooperatives, showed more than 471,000 affected by power outages.

"'Restore" may not capture the full sense of where we are.

"We've also restored 40 percent of the customers impacted by Irma in just one day", Gould said.

FPL has only been providing outage information at the county level and a media relations spokesperson said it is not able to give outages by areas at this time.

"They assess, they call back to dispatch and let them know what materials are needed, and that's when you see the bucket trucks roll in, " Ms. Gibbs said. More than 30,000 utility workers have been activated to assist in restoring power, as the Bradenton Herald reported Monday.

"It's supposed to get really bad here in the next couple of hours, and after that we'll make a decision of where we need to get on the road", he said. We are running out of food and generator gas is gone.

Officials stressed the partial shutdowns will have no effect on the company's ability to provide customers power, adding there was no storm damage to the reactors or the plants.

"Then we go after the feeders that feed the most amount of customers along those lines, regardless of whether it's a home or a business", he said.

FPL, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, has been preparing for future storms as part of its $3 billion grid infrastructure investment program, which included more concrete poles to replace wooden ones, flood monitoring for low-lying substations, and smart meters that can, among other things, report outages. The company strategically placed 19,500 restoration workers before the storm hit, but it can not use bucket trucks to fix power lines until winds die down, he said.

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