When high winds and rains knocked power out for over 96,000 Florida Power & Light customers, FPL crews were on the ground handling the aftermath and restoring utility service for thousands of residents afterwards.
Devoting approximately 5,500 workers to tackle the damage, FPL was ready for action with its previously announced pledge to restore power within 24 hours of the storm’s ending. As of Friday morning, line workers returned power to 85,000 consumers, with the goal of reinstating electricity for an additional 11,000 over the weekend.
"We understand that power outages are an inconvenience for our customers, which is why FPL prepares year-round for hurricanes and severe storms," Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO, said from the utility's Juno Beach headquarters. "During the past decade, we have invested billions of dollars to harden our electrical system, upgraded our power lines and poles to be stronger and more resilient, and built one of the most advanced smart grids in the nation.”
Silagy said that the outlay was a judicious choice as initial evaluations revealed fewer outages, faster restoration times, and “far fewer” customers experiencing outages than expected. Expenditures were allotted for automated switches on poles, smart meters, and general pole upgrades.
“That speaks directly to the investments we've made to make our electric grid stronger and smarter,” Silagy said. “We appreciate our customers' patience and we'll continue working around the clock until every customer's power is back on."
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