Florida Power & Light urges caution in wake of Hurricane Matthew


Florida Power & Light (FPL) is cautioning customers to stay safe in the wake of last week’s hurricane damage while the utility company works around the clock to restore power and keep residents updated.

The Juno Beach-based company is urging Floridians to stay vigilant amid the safety hazards of flooded areas, downed power lines, fallen tree limbs and other debris. Extra caution is advised at intersections where traffic lights may be out of order.

“(At) this point in the restoration process, it would appear the investments we've made during the past decade to make the electric grid stronger and smarter are making a difference for our customers,"  FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy said. "Based on our grid's performance thus far, we are seeing fewer outages and faster restoration times.”

FPL anticipated that power would be restored over the weekend to at least 475,000 households by crews working in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Silagy advised customers that the utility would handle restoration aggressively.

“We sincerely appreciate our customers' patience and urge their continued safety, particularly around downed power lines,” Silagy said. “We have thousands of workers in the field and ready to work around the clock until every one of our customers has their power back on."

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