Power outages during Hurricane Irma expected to affect more than 9MILLION people

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Power outages during Hurricane Irma are expected to affect 4.1 million customers – about 9 million people – according to Florida Power & Light
FPL held a news conference on Friday to update customers about the preparation for Hurricane Irma expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning
‘That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility,’ said FPL CEO Eric Silagy
The third-largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL serves almost 10 million people in the southern half of Florida
‘We currently have an army, frankly, of 13,500 restoration workers, both FPL crews and outside crews ready to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so, he said
FPL will be shutting down nuclear power plants Turkey Point and St. Lucie before the storm

By MATTHEW WRIGHT
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 September 2017

Power outages during Hurricane Irma are expected to affect 4.1 million customers – about 9 million people – according to Florida Power & Light.

FPL held a news conference on Friday to update customers about the work they were doing in preparation for the massive storm expected to hit Florida on Sunday morning.

‘That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility,’ said FPL CEO Eric Silagy.

‘I want to reassure our customers that we are prepared for Hurricane Irma.’

The third-largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL serves almost 10 million people in the southern half of Florida and Silagy says they are ready for it.

‘We currently have an army, frankly, of 13,500 restoration workers, both FPL crews and outside crews ready to respond as soon as it’s safe to do so, he said.

‘Many of the linemen are coming from across the country including from as far away as California.

‘We have prepositioned equipment and people getting ready to fight the aftermath of Irma.’

Silagy did add, however, that he didn’t want to put any workers in jeopardy though.

He said ‘Unfortunately, there will be a period of time where we will have to hunker down and wait.

‘We have to wait until the winds subside to 40mph to get on the road, 35mph to get buckets in the air.’

FPL plans for the entire process of restoration to happen over multiple weeks.

‘With these kinds of winds, we are not looking at restoration but actually rebuilding. These kinds of winds can bend metal poles,’ he said.

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