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FPL estimates power restoration for SWFL

September 15, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

On Thursday, Florida Power & Light Company announced that power has been restored to more than 97 percent of high-priority critical infrastructure facilities in the company's service area, including 100 percent of hospitals, emergency operations centers, air and seaports, correctional facilities and active military installations.

In addition, all 6,897 miles of transmission lines and all 601 substations are back in service.

The company's massive restoration operation continues to work aggressively around the clock to restore service to the remaining 28 percent of customers that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

For FPL customers in counties on the eastern side of the state, restoration is projected to be complete by the end of Sept. 17. In Southwest Florida, where the damage is most extensive, restoration is more challenging and currently estimated to be completed by Sept. 22. Exceptions to these estimates could occur in areas impacted by tornadoes, severe flooding and other extreme conditions.

FPL will continue to communicate restoration information through the media and online via, 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.

"As we complete restoration on critical infrastructure facilities and primary power lines, we're moving more and more of our teams into neighborhoods to repair power lines and local transformers in order to bring light back to every community we serve. This means going street by street, house by house," Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "Our restoration team, comprised of more than 21,500 men and women from nearly 30 states and Canada, is making steady progress every hour across 27,000 square miles of territory impacted by Irma, and we continue to bring thousands of customers back on each and every day. We thank our customers for their patience and support. If you are still without power, we want you to know we are coming."

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.

Source: Florida Power & Light Company



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