FPL: We will not shut down power to customers

Florida begins to evacuate and prepare for Irma

"Everyone in Florida will be impacted in some way by this storm", FPL chief executive Eric Silagy said on Friday at a news conference.

As Hurricane Irma's winds and thunderstorms swept through South Florida on Saturday, almost 194,000 homes and businesses in the tri-county region lost power, according to Florida Power & Light. In Broward, more than a third of FPL's customers - 360,750 out of 933,300 - were without power.

FPL is the biggest power company in Florida serving nearly half of the state's 20.6 million residents. It has already reported numerous outages in places including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

The same applied to the utility's nuclear plant in Jensen Beach. Scott said Saturday night that the outages expected to grow as Irma moves closer to the state.

"FPL has built the most sophisticated and strongest power grid in the nation". It could become a Category 5 at any time.




Eight Bakersfield PG&E line workers boarded a plane heading for Florida to help with power restoration efforts following Hurricane Irma.

The NRC inspectors are verifying that all of the preparations have been completed, and the plants' emergency diesel generators are available to be used if the storm affects off-site power supplies, the agency said in a statement.

FPL also said it will proactively shut down certain substations before they flood, so they can turn them back online more quickly.

48 hours after landfall, county by county estimates are given and finally 96 hours after landfall they provide restoration estimate at a more local level.

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