About 1.3 million lose power in Florida from Irma, utility says

Emmett Rice
September 11, 2017

The company said it has activated 20 temporary management sites and has prepared more than 13,500 workers throughout the state and especially South Florida to be ready to respond once it is safe to do so.

But no grid is hurricane-proof, and if Irma stays on its path, many FPL customers will lose power, Gould said.

FPL made a decision to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.

The company, which serves about 10 million power customers across almost half of Florida, may have to physically rebuild parts of the power system, Gould said.

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As of 10 p.m., there were 118,608 outages in Miami-Dade, 64,270 in Broward, and 10,879 in Palm Beach County. "This is a very powerful storm and every bit of Florida is going to feel its wrath". Both are on Florida's Atlantic Coast, which is bracing to get hit very hard by Irma's ferocious winds.

Outages across the state will likely top 4.1 million customers since other utilities, including units of Duke Energy Corp, Southern Co and Emera Inc, will also suffer outages but have not yet estimated how many. "A storm of this magnitude an intensity will require us in many cases to completely rebuild out electric system from the ground up, particularly on the west coast". That is a decrease from the Category 5 designation Irma previously held.

FPL said it now has 16,000 crews from around the country - from California, Massachusetts Texas, Colorado and Wisconsin, including its own to restore power once hurricane and tropical winds subside.

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