FPL: ‘We are going to work around the clock,’ power already restored to 280,000 customers

FPL: ‘We are going to work around the clock,’ power already restored to 280,000 customers

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Thu, November 10th 2022, 3:45 PM EST)

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — FPL said it is quickly restoring power to those who lost it during Hurricane Nicole.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, its president and CEO Eric Silagy said half of the company’s customers who were affected had their power restored by the morning.

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Also, two-thirds of the company’s customers who were affected — 280,000 — have had their power restored by the early afternoon.

And for everyone else, “We are going to work around the clock … to make sure everybody’s lights gets on just as soon as the storm exits the state.”

Silagy explained there are 150,000 customers without power, but the storm is still causing trouble, keeping crews away for safety reasons.

FPL reported these customers without power in each county, as of 2 p.m. Thursday:

  • Palm Beach: 2,570 of 767,390 customers
  • Martin: 1,010 of 94,850 customers
  • St. Lucie: 2,160 of 145,930 customers
  • Indian River: 5,080 of 99,710 customers
  • Okeechobee: 30 of 20,480 customers

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By Thursday night, Silagy estimated 95 percent or more of customers who lost power in these counties will have it back: Palm Beach, Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, and Highlands.

Also, power has been “essentially restored” in Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, Lee, and Hendry counties.

FPL: ‘We are going to work around the clock,’ power already restored to 280,000 customers
Power lines down and hits home in West Palm Beach, November 2022. (West Palm Beach Police Dept.)

He said FPL has 13,000 workers deployed to restore power and they’re now heading north to help restore electricity in areas being hit hard along Nicole’s path.

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“We have a plan in place,” Silagy said. “We train for this. We drill for it. We’ve deployed assets throughout the state of Florida. And we will get the lights back on here very quickly.”

He said the utility is using drones to “send the right crew to the right place with the right equipment,” especially in flooded areas, and blamed flying debris and tree branches for causing the most outages.

He also said underground powerlines worked well, keeping the lights and air conditioning on in many neighborhoods.

Plus, “All of our customers who were impacted by Hurricane Ian who are able to accept power have been restored.”

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