Within hours of Hurricane Hermine’s landfall, Florida Power & Light Company lived up to its promise to restore power to tens of thousands of customers, validating the company’s infrastructure investments to protect against severe weather.
"The fact that we were able to restore power to more than 110,000 customers within 24 hours following Hermine's passing is further evidence that the significant investments we've been making in our electric grid during the past decade are clearly providing benefits for our customers," FPL’s president and CEO Eric Silagy said from the utility's Juno Beach headquarters.
Preparations upgraded power lines and poles for strength and resilience as well as utilizing the technology of smart meters to reduce outages and enable faster service restoration. FPL has further raised the bar by participating in a mutual assistance program with other electric utility companies in the state and the U.S., making up to 300 workers available to assist both in-state and out-of-state communities in the event of weather emergencies.
"Living in Florida, we are susceptible to severe weather conditions throughout the year," Silagy said. "Hurricane Hermine serves as a stark reminder of this reality, and all of us who live and work here need to remember the National Hurricane Center's forecast of a very active 2016 hurricane season, taking the time now to make plans and preparations well before the next storm strikes."
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